Grandmother loses $8,000 to “grandchild fraud”
GRAND BLANC TWP. — On Feb. 14 at 11:21 a.m., officers were called to the 5400 block of Moceri Lane for a report of fraud. An 83-year-old Grand Blanc female reported she had been contacted by someone who identified themselves as a law enforcement agent in Colorado and told her her granddaughter had been arrested and had injured a police officer. They then stated the police officer had been injured and as part of a plea deal, agree to a payment of $8,000. They instructed the woman to purchase $8,000 worth of gift cards and call them back. The local Walmart refused to sell her that amount, but she then went to Best Buy where it was allowed. She called the person back and gave them the information on the cards.
She later questioned the transaction and called her daughter to find out it was a fraud but the money was already gone. The woman also complained she continued to receive calls and detectives stated this is typical once they know you have money. They warn that no legitimate debt can be resolved by the purchase of gift cards and this is always an indication of a scam. They are happy to help residents with questions if they call 810-424-2611. — P.S.
Counterfeit bills used
GRAND BLANC TWP. — On Feb. 19, between 2-7 p.m., officers said a business in the 9000 block of Holly Road reportedly received two fake $20 bills which were discovered when scanned into the safe and rejected. The bills had different serial numbers and the incident is under investigation. — P.S.
Resident defrauded by alleged dog breeder
GRAND BLANC TWP. — On Feb. 17 at 9:30 a..m. a 51-year-old Grand Blanc male made a walk-in complaint in the 5400 block of S. Saginaw. The resident stated he had been communicating with a man who he thought was a dog breeder in Atlanta. He made an agreement with the man for a Weimaraner dog including price and a shipper. He paid the an using a Western Union Moneygram in two payments, one of $700 and another for $1,400, but the dog never arrived. Detectives contacted the alleged breeder and said he had a Jamaican accent. The investigation is ongoing. — P.S.
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