WPD investigates scam targeting grandparents


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a credit card scam that conned two elderly victims out of $16,000.

Detectives say two Wilmington women, ages 78 and 83, told investigators that on April 8 young men posing as their grandsons on the phone told the women they needed bail money for DWI arrests. The women were then contacted by an person posing as an attorney requesting money be placed on Home Depot pre-paid credit cards. The victims were then asked to forward PINs and card numbers to the suspects.

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After losing a combined $16,000, they each realized they had been scammed. Their grandsons had never been arrested.

Police caution people to be aware of potential scams and unusual phone calls from anyone asking for money. Police recommend you call friends and family to verify such requests and call police when you have questions about potential scams.

For more information on the latest scams senior citizens can visit AARP’s online Fraud Watch Network.

If you have information about the suspects in this scam or any other scams in the Wilmington area please contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to Tip708.