Late-night caller impersonates grandson, gets money wired to Mexico

Victim suspicious when caller asks for more money

Published On: Nov 13 2012 10:16:23 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 10:33:38 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

A west-side Madison woman wired money to Mexico Nov. 1 to a person claiming to be her grandson but it turned out it was an imposter, police said.

The 86-year-old victim received a call from someone she told police sounded like her grandson at 11:40 p.m. The caller stated he was in a car crash in Mexico and after leaving the hospital would be forced to go to jail. The caller stated the police needed money wired from the U.S. to Mexico in order to bail her grandson out of jail.

After the woman electronically transferred funds, the fraudster called again asking for more money. The victim became suspicious and hung up. After she talked to family and confirmed her grandson was never in Mexico, she called police.

The report did not indicate how much money was sent to the man impersonating the grandson.

The Madison Police Department offered tips on how citizens can avoid similar scams: