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June 21, 2014

Wilson woman scammed out of $700

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Lake Street woman in the Village of Wilson reported receiving a phone call from an unfamiliar number saying that her daughter was charged with driving while intoxicated while in Niagara Falls, Ontario at about noon Wednesday, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The woman, who said her daughter often travels to Niagara Falls, was told by an unknown person pretending to be her daughter that she needed $700 sent by Western Union in order to be bailed out. The unknown person then placed an “attorney” on the line, who sounded convincing, the woman said. 

The woman went to Walmart, where she transferred the money to the requested location. 

The woman was later told that her daughter had not been arrested, and that it was a scam. The number used to call her is no longer in service.

The investigation was closed pending new information, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

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