Missouri grandmother loses $250K in phone hoax

09/17/2013 1:47 PM

09/17/2013 3:43 PM

A Chesterfield woman has lost $250,000 after scam artists convinced the victim that her grandson was imprisoned in Peru and needed the money to secure his release.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the woman reported the fraud to police Monday after her bank stopped a suspicious transaction. But police say there is little hope the stolen money can be recovered.

The calls began in mid-August and included conversations with a man who claimed to be a U.S. embassy official.

The U.S. Department of State urges people to contact its Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 before sending money abroad.

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