WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Two elderly people in Wilmington were victims of a credit card scam that cost them a total of $16,000.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, detectives are working with two female victims, ages 78 and 83.
The women told investigators young men posing as their grandsons on the phone said they needed bail money for DWI arrests. They were then contacted by someone pretending to be an attorney requesting substantial amounts of money to be place on Home Depot pre-paid credit cards.
According to police, the victims were then asked to forward pin numbers and credit card information to the suspect.
Eventually the women realized they had been scammed and their grandsons had never been arrested.
Police said both incidents happened April 8.
This type of scam isn't something new, but seems to be growing in trend and targeting the elderly. It is important to remember not to send money or give out personal information without knowing exactly who is calling.
Police recommend that you call friends and family to verify such requests and call police when you have questions about potential scams.
If you have information about the suspects in this scam or any other scams in the Wilmington area please contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to Tip708.
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