SCAM ALERT: "Grandma Scam" targets Hawaii's elderly

Published On: Mar 13 2014 09:39:40 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 13 2014 10:30:46 PM HST

Honolulu police are calling it the "Grandma Scam". It is a new scam targeting the elderly.

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One woman recently lost $200,000. But the scammers are becoming daring as they visit victim's homes to collect the money in person.

Investigators say within just the last three weeks scammers have targeted seniors, claiming their grandson or daughter is in trouble or has been in an accident and needs money immediately.

The grandparents panic and comply. The scammers, who are often out of state or even out of the country, send someone locally to pick up a cashier's check.

In one case, the scammers arranged for the victim to be driven to pick up money.

"The Jamaicans contacted a local taxi company, sent a taxi company to the victim's home to take her to Walmart to purchase a green dot card," said Lt. John McCarthy of the Honolulu Police Department.

Police say make sure to check with family directly before sending money to anyone.

Investigators tell us the victims in these cases are too scared to come forward because the scammers have not only stolen from them, but also know where they live.

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