Virginia cops stop jail scam targeting Michigan grandma

Posted at 8:31 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 18:20:27-04

(WXYZ) — Virginia cops were able to stop a Michigan grandma from being a victim of a scam targeting the elderly.

The Utica Police Department contacted Richmond Police Thursday for help with an investigation.

A man, posing as an attorney in Richmond's jurisdiction, called an 81-year-old Utica grandmother and said her grandson was locked up in a Tennessee jail near his school.

The scammer told the woman she must send $9,800 in cash to a Richmond address to get her grandson out of jail on bond.

According to RPD, the package containing the cash was due to arrive at the home just two hours from the time they received the call from Utica Police. Two officers quickly called the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, but UPS failed to intercept the package. Officer Crain and Officer Waldron were then able to recover the package at a city address – with all the money still inside.

Richmond Police say the money will soon be returned to the Utica grandmother. Their investigation is ongoing.