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Fake Grandson Tried to Talk Elmhurst Couple Out of $5K in Get-Out-of-Jail Money

The mystery caller hung up when the Elmhurst woman told him she didn't believe he was really her grandson, police said.

A con man tried to scam an Elmhurst couple out of $5,000 by posing as their jailed grandson. Credit: Joseph Hosey
A con man tried to scam an Elmhurst couple out of $5,000 by posing as their jailed grandson. Credit: Joseph Hosey
A Elmhurst grandmother foiled a grifter's scheme to bilk her out of $5,000.

The scammer called the Argyle Avenue home of the woman and her husband Monday morning. The husband answered the phone and was told it was his grandson calling.

The "grandson" spun a story about being stuck in a Lafayette, IN, jail and needing $5,000 to get out. The wife "overheard the phone conversation and took over the call saying that she did not believe it was" actually her grandson on the other end of the line, police said.

The caller then hung up on her.

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Judith April 05, 2014 at 04:46 PM
That scam was tried on me and it didn't work. I told my "grandson" that if he did something that landed him in jail then that's where he belonged until his trial but I would help with a lawyer later if need be. Only after he hung up without another word did I realize it was a scam.

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