The man said the woman's granddaughter was in jail in Canada - and even put someone on the phone who pretended to be the granddaughter.
Worried sick, the woman agreed to wire more than $2,500 to help the 17-year-old.
Now, ABC11 has learned the same type of swindle was used on a woman in Southern Pines who sent $2,300 before she realized she'd been fooled.
To keep yourself from getting ripped off, here are some tips:
- If you get a call asking for help, hang up and contact the family member directly to make sure the request is legitimate.
- Ask the person questions that only your real family member would be able to answer.
- Never give out personal information to anyone who calls you
- Be careful when wiring money in response to a phone call, email, or online message.