Half Moon Bay elderly woman targeted in alleged jail scam

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HALF MOON BAY (KRON) — A scam that occurred in Half Moon Bay last month is being investigated after someone called an elderly woman and asked her to send money, alleging that her son had been jailed in Mexico, according to San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies.

Between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, a resident in the first block of Anchor Way received a call from an unknown person, according to the sheriff’s office.

After explaining the false story about her son being jailed in Mexico, the suspect then asked the woman to send money. The victim sent $41,000 in an initial transaction and $63,000 in a second one, sheriff’s officials said.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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