18K lost in recent grandparent scam

Published: Sep. 22, 2022 at 10:28 AM CDT
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) - A couple is out $18,000 following a grandparent scam involving a fake car accident.

Moorhead Police say on Sept. 13 a couple got a call from a woman who sounded like their granddaughter, saying they were in a car crash with another woman and a baby.

The scammer told the grandparents they were arrested and needed $18,000 for bail. The scammer said she would arrange for a courier to pick up the money.

Someone posing as a lawyer then arranged for the money to get passed along.

Police say a thin, black man wearing a dark blue polo shirt and a COVID mask arrived in a tan car and picked up the money.

Authorities are reminding people to never give out personal information or money to people if you cannot verify their identity.