82 year old man scammed out of $44,376, victim of senior scam
An 82 year old Toms River man discovered he has been victimized by a wire scam during the last ten days. On the 9th of December the victim received a telephone call from a woman who stated his grandson was involved in an accident in Las Vegas and he needed to wire $4,420 to a Kevin Korn at a Western Union in Los Angeles. On the 13th the woman contacted the victim again and stated the person his grandson hit had taken a turn for the worse and he needed to wire an additional $39,780. On the 16th another call came to the victim and stated the person struck by his grandson passed away and that an additional $100,000 would be needed to get him out of trouble. The grandson sent a Christmas Card to his grandfather at which point he contacted his grandson and realized he was victim of a senior scam. The bank and the Police Department are working together to limit this fraud to the current $44,376. Once, again the Toms River Police warn family members to be alert to these telephone scams. Do not send money to family members in need without directly communicating with them. Also, sometimes people will present themselves over the phone as a family member so ask questions that only your family members would know, such as other family members, pets names, etc.