Grandmother Scammed Out Of $15,500

Scammer, claiming to be woman's grandson, said he was in jail in New York

Police say a Sioux Falls grandmother was scammed multiple times out of more than $15,000.

The 82-year-old woman received a call on January 6 from someone claiming to be her grandson. The caller used her grandson’s name, and said he was in jail in New York and needed money.

Police say the woman wired $7,500 to the man she thought was her grandson. The scammer called back the next day, saying he did not receive the money, so the woman wired another $8,000.

The woman reported the scam to police Monday after checking in with her grandson, who said he was not in jail.

Police say the amount is not typical to past scam calls in the area.