Canton Man Victim of Apparent Money-Wiring Scam

The following information was provided by the Canton Township Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.

A Canton man contacted police Nov. 22 to report possibly being the victim of fraud, according to a police report.

According to the report, the man told police he received a phone call from someone claiming to be his grandson. The caller told police he was in a Mexican jail and needed $3,900 bond and $4,300 in legal fees, the report said.

The man told police someone claiming to be an officer instructed him to go to Walmart and wire the funds to a Walmart in Lima, Peru.

The man told police he believed the voice to be that of his grandson, who has been in Chile since June, so he took out the cash and wired it as instructed, the report said.

The man’s son told police he was able to get ahold of his son, who was safe in Chile and was never in a Mexican jail, the report said.

For questions about this crime report, email john.mckay@patch.com.

Michael Dwells December 02, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Another case of the grandparent scam exposed at www.callercenter.com before. From what I observed, this scam has the most number of victims who lost their money. Other scams were easily recognizable but this one, it takes advantage of the love and concern grandparents have for their grandchild. So when they get a bad news, all they'd want to do is help right away. Tsk tsk tsk.


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