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Lockport Couple Out $2,750

by TSchmitt
Wed, Aug 17th 2011 09:23 am

In Lockport, a town couple have been scammed out of $2,750 after wiring the money to someone who they thought was their grandson. The wife was contacted about noon Monday by a man insisting that he was her grandson. The alledged grandson claimed he was in jail in Toronto after Canadian police stopped his vehicle and found marijuana. The "grandson" then begged her to send bail money. The husband then called "Sgt. Drake Fortune" who gave the elderly couple his badge number along with the grandson's case number. The husband was instructed that the fastest way to send the bail money was through a "Mr. Simon Beas Mares in Mexico City" and then to call Western Union confirming the transfer of funds was legitimate. After the elderly man did everything as instructed, he called his grandson's house, where he learned that the grandson had not been in Toronto. The sheriff's office has advised the couple to call Western Union and their bank to see whether they could get a refund on their loss, since the transaction was fraudulent.


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