A Harbor Road resident reported to police that she was the victim of a phone scam Aug. 15.
On Aug. 14, the woman received a call from Ontario, Canada, from a man who identified himself as a lawyer, said police. He told her that her granddaughter had been arrested for driving under the influence of cough syrup and was in an accident with a rental car that caused serious damage to the vehicle, according to the report. The woman was instructed to send $490 via MoneyGram to Ontario to bail the girl out, said police.
During the call, the grandmother spoke over the phone to a young woman she believed was her granddaughter, said police. But it wasn't until her granddaughter showed up at her house the following day that she realized she was the victim of a scam, the report stated.
With fees, the woman lost a total of $527, said police.