A Payson woman is warning Rim Country residents — especially seniors — of a scam that terrifies its victims into giving thousands of dollars for an injured relative.
Kelly, whose last name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity, said last week her parents in Colorado received a phone call from someone claiming Kelly’s daughter, who lives in Gilbert, was injured in a rollover accident in Canada and desperately needed money.
The scammers had done their homework because they knew their granddaughter’s full name and that she liked to travel.
The swindlers told the couple to head to Walmart and send a money gram to a Walmart in Calvary, Canada. The pair, in there 80s rushed to a Walmart, without calling any relatives and wired $5,000.
After sending the money, the couple called their granddaughter to ask how she was doing.
“She said to them, ‘What are you talking about?’” Kelly said. Right then the pair knew they had been scammed.
“There are a lot of seniors in this town and people need to be aware of this scam,” Kelly said. “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”
Kelly said she suspects her parents, who got multiple viruses on their computer a few months ago, could be the victims of computer hackers.
Kelly’s parents and daughter are planning to file police reports in Colorado and Gilbert.