2/7/2014 4:37 PM
by Stuart Hammer
OAK HILL – A Fayette County man is scammed out of thousands of dollars by a caller pretending to be family.
Police officials say an Oak Hill man received a call from a person pretending to be his grandson who stated he was out of the country and in trouble with the law.
The caller asked for money to post bond and pay fines.
Police say the victim was shaken by the news and quickly wired money to the Dominican Republic where he believed his grandson was.
Only after the money was gone did he reach his real grandson living safely in North Carolina.
“This all happened within 6 or 8 hours,” says Oak Hill Police Chief Michael Whisman, “He made two wire transfers for large amounts of money - several thousand dollars. And it didn't take long, but once that money is sent off its irrecoverable.”
The victim knows his money is gone forever, but police hope residents will be more careful when wiring money to people who sound distressed.