Western New Jersey

87-year-old woman scammed out of $15,000, police say

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - A Hackettstown New Jersey resident informed police she was scammed out of $15,000 cash after receiving a call Monday morning.

According to police, the victim received a call from a male who identified himself as her son. After the woman said it didn't sound like her son, and the caller said he had a cold, another male took the phone and identified himself as her son's lawyer. 

He said the victim needed to send $15,000 to pay for her son's bail. 

Officials say the woman withdrew the money in cash and sent it through FedEx to an address in Westland, Michigan. Then the suspect called back, asking for an additional $10,000 and if the woman had any stocks or bonds.

This is when the victim became suspicious and determined it was a scam. 

According to the police report, Westland Police Department checked on the residence and discovered it was unoccupied and for sale. An internet check of the number from which the call was made revealed it was a voice over internet phone number.


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