Doug Barrett | Aug 15, 2017 AT 8:07 am
Police in Devils Lake say an elderly woman has lost $8,000 in the so-called "grandparents scam."
Authorities say the 84-year-old woman got a call from someone claiming that her granddaughter had been in a crash in Ohio and that drugs were found in her car. The victim was told to purchase gift cars and send them in overnight mail concealed in a magazine.
After sending the cards, police say the woman was asked to send another $9,000 to pay for a lawyer for her granddaughter. Officials say employees at Walmart, where the woman made the transaction, became suspicious and stopped the payment.