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Friday, March 28, 2014
A Woodlands resident told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies that someone posed as her grandson in an effort to scam her out of $4,000.

The woman told Sheriff's deputies that she received a phone call from a restricted number at approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in which the caller identified himself as her grandson. The caller proceeded to tell her that he had been arrested and needed $4,000 cash for bail.

The complainant received a second call from an unknown male, identifying himself as her grandson's lawyer. The "lawyer" instructed the woman to go to the bank and withdraw $4000, which she did. He then advised her to wire the money to him through FedEx, or stated that the grandson's girlfriend would come to her house to retrieve the cash, which the complainant refused.

It was later confirmed that her grandson had never been arrested. The woman did not receive any further phone calls and is not out any money. Sheriff's deputies instructed to change her number and monitor her accounts. The case is closed pending further information.

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