An 84-year-old Santee woman is out of $5,490 after she received a phone call from someone claiming to be an attorney representing her grandson, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The woman said she received a call Tuesday from someone claiming to be an attorney named “Robert Hicks.”
The caller claimed her grandson went to a funeral in New Jersey and stopped somewhere afterward to have a glass of wine. He said her grandson was then involved in a vehicle accident and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
The caller said that she needed to send $5,490 in “four different white envelopes, divide each envelope, seal each envelope, put the envelopes in a paper magazine and then place the magazine in a large envelope” and mail the package to an address in Bronx, New York.
The woman said she obtained the cash from her bank at 1:57 p.m. Tuesday and sent the package via UPS.
She told deputies that she would contact her bank to see if she can get back any of her lost cash.
She said she’d made contact with other family members and they told her that her grandson was fine and did not go to New Jersey.