CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KSDK) - Chesterfield police have a warning about an elaborate telephone scam targeting the elderly. This time, the victim lost $250,000.
Through a series of phone calls, scammers convinced the woman her grandson was being held in a prison in Peru and she needed to wire money to get him out. They were so convincing, the victim believed she was talking to her grandson and state department officials.
"We never blame the victim. It is never the victim's fault. There are things that we consider warning signs. Things that maybe you can do to prevent you from becoming a victim such as when they tell you please don't contact the police or don't let anybody know, the very first thing you should do is contact the police," said Capt. Steven Lewis.
Capt. Lewis says he's working with the secret service and other federal agencies, but admits these international crimes are difficult to solve.