‘Grandparent’ scam suspect arrested in Colonie | #phishing | #scams


COLONIE – A California man was arrested as he came to the door of a Colonie woman’s apartment hoping to scam her out of “bail” money for her “jailed” granddaughter, town police said. 

Police said they responded to the Beryl Way residence Wednesday morning after getting a report about a possible scam in progress. The elderly resident had received a call from a man alleging that her granddaughter was in trouble, and needed bail money to be released.

The suspect was pretending to be an attorney for the granddaughter, and at one point, put a woman on the phone who pretended to be the granddaughter, police said. The suspects on the phone requested bail money, and allegedly told the resident they’d be sending a courier for the money.

The woman immediately contacted the police, suspecting a scam. Her granddaughter was not in any trouble, and the call was an attempt to steal money from the victims, investigators said.

Several officers saw the suspect, 27, of Maywood, Calif., arrive at the apartment to try to collect the money and he was charged with felony attempted grand larceny, as well as for being a fugitive from justice from Wisconsin for a similar incident in May where he successfully stole a large sum of money, police said.

It appears that the man is responsible for at least one other successful scam in the Capital Region, in which he received a large amount of money from a different victim, investigators said, and charges may be forthcoming in that incident.



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