Scammers call you, then steal your money

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/27/2013 10:22 am Published: 10/26/2013 10:30 pm

On Wednesday, Verle and Dottie McCoy could never have imagined they would be scammed out of $1500 in a matter of hours.

Verle McCoy tells FOX23, "they're good. I mean, they conned us completely."

The couple was at home watching television when they received a phone call from someone posing as their grandson, Tyler.

"Somebody says 'Pa?' and I said 'Yes' and he said 'This is Ty' and I said 'It doesn't sound like you Tyler' and he said 'Well, I've got a bad cold.' I suspected it at first because it didn't sound like Tyler at all," Verle McCoy told FOX23.

The caller said he was in trouble. Caller ID showed the number as private, so the McCoy's didn't know if it was their grandson.

Verle McCoy told FOX23 the caller was using emotion to influence him.

"He started telling me he was in jail in Ecuador and they had taken his shoes and shoelaces and belt and everything," Verle McCoy told FOX23.

The caller then handed the phone over to his "attorney."

"So he had his attorney talk to me for about 10 minutes and give me all his instructions to go to Western Union and send the money," Verle McCoy told FOX23.

McCoy went to wire the
money, but was still not confident the man on the other line was his grandson. He called his daughter.

Verle McCoy told FOX23 that his daughter was disappointed in him.

"She said 'Did you send money?' and I said 'Yeah' and then she said 'Pa, you've been scammed'."

Tulsa police told FOX23 this type of scam is common. They say some internet sites sell information on your family for under a

dollar and that's how scam artists know who to target.

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