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Niagara Falls woman loses $1,000 in telephone scam

NIAGARA FALLS – An elderly woman lost $1,000 in a scam involving a relative’s alleged arrest in Las Vegas, according to city police.

The 88-year-old woman got a phone call Monday morning from someone claiming that her grandson had been arrested and money was needed for bail. The caller said he was a lawyer representing the grandson, officers were told.

Bail had been set at $1,300, the woman was told, but he was able to get the judge to lower it to $1,000. The woman was asked to send a “money gram” right away, to someone named Custodio Cardero Lugan.

After a friend drove the woman to the bank to withdraw the money, she purchased a money gram – for an $8 fee – at a nearby supermarket and sent it to what turned out to be a location in the Dominican Republic, police said.

The woman later learned that none of her grandsons had been arrested, police said.