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This woman lost more than $700,000 in a ‘grandparent scam’

A Florida woman lost $700,000 in a scam aimed at grandparents and the elderly

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A person in Miami searches the internet for sales. A Florida woman lost more than $700,000 in an alleged “grandparent scam,” and investigators are unsure how it happened.

Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press

A Florida woman lost more than $700,000 in an alleged “grandparent scam,” and investigators are unsure how it happened.

Per The Associated Press, investigators have asked Uber for its records as they investigate the theft, which left an 82-year-old woman without $700,000.

So what happened? According to WESH, scammers convinced the woman that her granddaughter was in legal trouble and needed help. The scammers then told the woman to take out money from her bank and hand it to a courier.

  • Per The Associated Press, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators want Uber to hand over information about rideshare pickups at the women’s home. They want the driver’s name, credit card information and driving history as an Uber driver.
  • A detective said in court records that this “will assist with providing information to who purchased the rideshares and where the victim’s funds actually went,” according to The Associated Press.
  • The woman said she did not arrange any rideshares.

Grandparent scams aren’t uncommon. Per the Deseret News, the FBI and police authorities have been warning about these types of scams for years.

  • For example, two Florida men were sentenced for running a grandparent scam in Ohio, according to the Department of Justice. The two men targeted elderly victims and caused victims to lose a combined $383,932.