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Madison woman scammed out of $2,000

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An 79-year old Madison woman was recently scammed out of nearly $2,000 by overseas criminals.

Police say she had gotten a phone call from someone identifying themselves as her grandson, and that he needed money to get out of jail. Another person then got on the phone claiming to be the grandson's lawyer.

He said that her grandson was driving drunk and crashed, and the money was needed to repair the car her grandson hit.

She was told to wire money, to an address in Beirut, Lebanon, and after she did, she learned, after talking with her son, that she was the victim of fraud.

The woman said the initial voice on the phone did not really sound like her grandson. But the caller said he had a cold and his nose had been broken in the alleged crash.
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