Nov. 15th, 2018 By Meghan Sackman
An 82-year-old woman from Corona was the victim of a scam after an unknown caller convinced her to fork over thousands to bail out her grandson from jail, according to police.
The elderly victim was inside her home near Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard when she received a phone call from an unknown male caller at around 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 1.
The caller said her grandson had been arrested, and needed $5,000 to post bail, police say.
A man then arrived at the home after the call, where the victim handed him over the money. The thief then fled toward Corona Avenue.
No injuries were reported in the case.
Police describe the suspect in the scam as Hispanic, in his 30s, heavy-set and balding, and last seen wearing dark eye glasses and dark clothing.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.