SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) — A South Carolina woman fell victim to a classic scam with a personal twist.
Virginia Buchanan thought she got a call from her granddaughter earlier this April. The caller identified herself as her granddaughter by her name and then said she was in trouble. “She then handed me over to someone named Sergeant Rolan,” said Buchanan.
The caller claimed her granddaughter was in jail for possession of marijuana and said her granddaughter’s bond was $2,000, but only payable in iTunes gift cards.
The 89-year-old transferred the cash to the cards and then was convinced to give more over because the fraudulent callers said there was a “technicality.”
Buchanan gave the crooks $7,500 in gift cards in hopes that they would release her granddaughter on bond, but they never called back after she gave them the money.
It was not until later in the week that she discovered she had been scammed when Buchanan called her granddaughter to see how she how had been doing since jail.
Buchanan’s daughter, Karen, tells News 2 police traced the call back to the Canadian border, but they said they cannot get the money back because it is out of their jurisdiction.
“I thought it was my granddaughter “said Buchanan, “when they get you in that spur of the moment, you’ll do anything for family.”