Grandfather scammed out of $50,000 in iTunes scam

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Police say they want to stop others being scammed in the same way.
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An almost 90-year-old grandfather was recently scammed out of $50,000 in iTunes vouchers, police detectives have revealed.

Calling the scam artists “the lowest of the low,” Detective Mike Oakley says that the victim received a call on May 3 from a person pretending to be his grandson and saying they had been involved in a serious car accident during a vacation in Florida.

Over a course of days, the scam artist persuaded the senior citizen to purchase a series of $4,000-$7,000 sums in iTunes vouchers, and then phone to share the account number on the cards.

The excuses for asking for the money ran the gamut from damage to rental cars to lawyer fees and personal injury claims. The thief claimed a reimbursement check was in the mail, but it never arrived. It was only after speaking to his real grandson that the victim realized the extent of the scam.

He handed more than 91 iTunes cards over to police as part of the ongoing investigation.

Tragically, police say there’s not much they can do about getting the victim’s money back, but they’re hoping that publicizing the case will help spread the word so that other people avoid being suckered in to similar scenarios.

Source: News Herald