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Ventura woman, 75, targeted in phone scam

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 75-year-old Ventura woman was targeted in a phone scam by suspects who used her grandson's identity to siphon money from her.

Deanna Porter told police she got a phone call at her home from an unknown man who claimed to be a police officer. He identified Porter's grandson by name, telling her he had been arrested for drug charges. At one point, a second suspect got on the phone and impersonated Porter's grandson in a plea for help. Both men told Porter to send $2,000 in cash so her grandson can get released from jail.

Porter wanted to help her grandson, so she sent the cash via Western Union to an address in Lima, Peru. However, she grew suspicious when the suspect called again the next day and asked for more money.

At this point, Porter called her grandson and discovered the whole thing had been a scam. She reported the incident to police.

If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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