RICHLAND, Wash. -- Walla Walla Police say they have responded to several reports of telephone scams preying on the elderly.
The caller will say they are a relative in jail ,in either Canada or Mexico and need bail money. The scammer is hoping the target will believe them and wire transfer the money.
Another angle is telling the target that the grandchild or child has been in a car accident and needs money to fix their car.
Once funds are transferred, the money is gone.
A Richland woman, Dorothy Baxter got a call from a man claiming to be her grandson Ryan who was in a wreck in California and also arrested for a DUI.
"Shortly after that a man came on the phone and said I'm attorney so and so, and go up to Wal-Mart and wire $1,900. We only accept cash," says Dorothy Baxter.
Luckily, Baxter was able to call her family and found out her grandson was not in a wreck and not arrested, but she wanted to warn others out there of the scam.