Man, 91, and wife, 80, too sharp for swindler
Published 2:00 pm, Friday, February 25, 2011
A 91-year-old Silver Spring Road man and his 80-year-old wife Thursday afternoon proved too sharp to fall for a telephone swindle that police call "The Grandma Scam."
The man received a phone call about 2:40 p.m. for a male claiming to be the man's "grandson Jason." The caller claimed to have gotten in troubled for drinking an speeding and needed $3,000 wired to Albany, N.Y., police said.
But the couple don't have a grandson named "Jason." They do have nephew of that name. They called him, found that he was well and definitely not in trouble in New York State. The couple then reported the incident to police.
Other Fairfield senior citizens have been victims of the scam, Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said. She advised residents who get similar calls not engage the caller in a conversation. "Just hang up," she said.