FloridaMan pretends to be elderly woman’s grandson, scams her out of cash
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – 29-year-old William Ringer, a transient in Collier County, was arrested after he allegedly scammed an elderly woman out of $6,000 by pretending to be her grandson.
Ringer was arrested Wednesday on charges of exploitation of an elderly person less than $10,000, fraud and petty theft.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Ringer called the victim, who resides in Michigan, claiming to be her grandson.
Ringer told the victim that he was in trouble: he had gotten a DUI and needed $6,000.00 to clear him.
According to NBC 2 News, “the woman told detectives the man talked fast and sounded like he could be her grandson. When she told him she didn’t have $6,000, he allegedly asked her how much she had and she told him.
Deputies said Ringer told the woman to go to a Walmart in Michigan and wire the money to William Alan Ringer at a specified Walmart in Collier County. When the woman questioned Ringer’s request, he said Ringer was helping him out and not to tell his parents.
After completing the transaction, the woman contacted her family members who spoke with her actual grandson, who was not in any trouble, deputies said.”
The woman then tried contacting Walmart to try and stop the transaction, but the money had already been collected.
(SOURCE: NBC 2 News)
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