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Victim duped in telephone scam

An 84-year-old City of Tonawanda man has been swindled of $35,500 in a telephone scam centered somewhere in Canada, according to City of Tonawanda police.

Investigators said the man received a call from someone who claimed his grandson had been arrested in Detroit for drug possession but that he could be released on bail if the grandfather would purchase thousands of dollars worth of “Green Dot Money Pak” cards and read the numbers over the telephone to the caller.

The calls turned out to be fake, and the grandson was safely at home.

Captain Fredric Foels of the City of Tonawanda Police Monday said police confirmed the man was getting calls from somewhere in Canada and by now “it appears most of the money is lost.” Foel said the Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Secret Service have been alerted for help. Anyone with information about a similar scam is urged to contact police at 695-8316.