An 80-year-old Kennewick woman was bilked out of a large sum of money — twice.
The woman told police she had been scammed out of $25,000 by sending a money gram to Kingston, Jamaica. She had been told the money was needed to take care of an existing debt.
When Kennewick police checked out the story with her bank, they found out the loss totaled more than $42,000.
The department’s Mike Blatman told KONA the woman was the victim of a similar scam once before in 2008. Her total loss is more than $82,000.
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The Associated Press