A Brandon senior is out $2,500 but police are crediting a UPS courier for stepping in and preventing the fraud from getting even worse.
Investigators say that the victim is a resident of a retirement home in the 4500-block of Victoria Avenue, where he got a call from a man pretending to be his grandson.
The con artist claimed to have been in a vehicle accident of some kind and needed $2,500, which the victim sent.
Several days later, the victim was contacted by the fraudster again, who this time said he needed $3,000 cash for bail money, as he had been arrested.
Although he was prepared to pay, a UPS courier who arrived to pick up the envelope from the victim asked a few questions – and when the courier learned there was cash in the envelope, he alerted management at the retirement home.