RPD recovers over $21K in two days in scam targeting elderly from other states

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police said on Friday that an elderly woman living in Pennsylvania was scammed by the same imposter that convinced an 81-year-old grandma from Michigan to send $9,800 in cash to an address in South Richmond on Wednesday. 

The scheme, which follows the same pattern, centers around a man posing as an attorney and calling the women to inform them that their loved one is in a Tennessee jail.

The imposter, according to Richmond Police, told the Pennsylvania woman that she needed to mail $11,500 in cash to pay for the bond. “She shipped the money thinking her loved one was in a dire situation,” Richmond Police said. 

Police have now recovered a total of $21,300 in two days. 

While no arrests have been made in the case, Richmond Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are conducting an investigation and “are actively following up on leads.” 

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service said the crimes violate the federal Mail Fraud Statute and could come with a 20-year prison sentence. 

Richmond’s link to financial scams targeting elderly people has authorities on high alert and warning people to, “take the time to educate and protect your loved ones, so they do not become victims.”  

You can report mail fraud to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service hotline at (877) 876-2455.

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