2 from N.J. plead guilty in ‘grandparent scam’ - world cultures

2 from N.J. plead guilty in ‘grandparent scam’

PROVIDENCE, RI – Three men, including two from Hudson County, have pleaded guilty to defrauding 14 Rhode Island seniors out of more than $350,000 by pretending to be their grandchildren.

The victims ranged in age from 79 to 94, and all were contacted by phone by someone claiming to be family members or lawyers, the US Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island said in a statement.

The callers usually claimed that their grandson needed the money to be released on bail after he was arrested during a car accident. The victim was then instructed to deliver the money to a courier who was sent to their home.

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