Sitka woman loses $3,000 in wire scam

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009

SITKA - Sitka police say a local woman lost more than $3,000 in a scam.

The woman told police she got a call from a man claiming to represent a law enforcement agency in Canada. The caller said the woman's grandson had been arrested and needed $3,028 for bail money.

The victim did have a grandson traveling in Canada, so she wired the money to the Western Union office as directed. The man called back to say another $3,028 was needed to get the young man's car out of impound.

She wired that amount, too, but soon suspected it was a scam and called police.

The wire agency reported that the first $3,028 had been picked up, but the second $3,028 was still at the receiving office. Police say the victim got that money back, but not the initial $3,028.

Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt said the investigation remains active.

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