Watertown Couple Loses $50K In 'Grandparent Scam'

Watertown Couple Loses $50K In 'Grandparent Scam'

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Michael and Elfriede Flavin of Watertown got a call that their grandson, Michael Montgomery, got into a drunk driving crash and needed money for bail.

It wasn't true. It was a scam and the couple is now coping with losing $50,000.

"We got a phone call from a person saying that he was a public defender and that my grandson has gotten into a car accident in Tennessee and he was being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol," said Michael Flavin.

The couple mailed $10,000 in cash to an address they were given. Days later, the person called back and said they needed more money for Michael's bail.

They sent more cash. In all - they ended up sending more than $50,000.

The only reason the scam stopped is because the grandparents ran out of money and they called their daughter for help when reality set in that they had been scammed.

"She said, 'He isn't back in jail. He's been in college all this time.' That's when we knew we'd been had," said Michael Flavin.

Their grandson says he doesn't know how these people targeted his family.

"How they got a hold of my grandparents' phone number, my name, and they also used names that are synonymous with people that I actually associate with and that had me worried as well," said Michael Montgomery, grandson. 

Watertown police are now investigating this incident. However, they say it can be difficult to find the person or people behind these types of scams."

"We've seen other scams in similar nature where the money is sent to another location and then it's divided up to other places, both inside and outside of the United States," said Detective Lieutenant Joe Donoghue of the Watertown Police Department.

The couple's grandson has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to cover what they lost.

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