Scammer poses as grandson in jail

Posted Dec. 13, 2010, at 11:49 a.m.

JAY, Maine — A Jay resident discovered a phone call from a man purporting to be her grandson arrested on drug charges in Canada and in need of bail money to be a scam before completing the transaction, according to police.

The resident started the transaction and lost $200 in fees to Western Union but did not send the $2,800 requested by the scammer.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston reports the scammer bragged about the amount of money he’s made with the scam after the resident told him the money wasn’t coming.