Men pretending to be the grandsons of two Greenwood women stole more than $15,000 after telling the women they were in trouble and needed money.
On Tuesday, a man called the first woman and pretended to be her grandson. He told her he needed $13,000, according to a police report.
The woman told police the man said he was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and needed her to wire him money. She told police she sent the money.
The bank notified the woman’s daughter of the transaction, and a Western Union clerk refused to wire any more money until the woman spoke with police, the report said.
The second woman received a call from a man Tuesday who claimed to be her grandson and said he was in jail in Culver City, California. He was riding in a vehicle that was stopped by the police, and officers found marijuana, he told her, according to a police report.
Another man spoke with her during the same phone call, saying he was her grandson’s public defender and that they needed $2,500 to pay her grandson’s bond, the report said. She told police the man asked her to purchase prepaid cash cards and then give him the card numbers, so she did.
The man claiming to be a public defender called her again, asking for $1,500 more to pay off her grandson’s community service sentence, the report said. The woman told police she purchased $1,500 more in the prepaid cards, but didn’t answer the phone when the man called her back to get the card numbers.
She had started to think she was getting scammed, so she called the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, she told police.
An officer contacted the woman’s grandson, who is serving in the military and stationed in Hawaii, who said he wasn’t in California and hadn’t been arrested.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating both cases.