'Something has to be done': Scammers use welfare checks to sell con, 'grandparent scams' soar
PAPILLION, Neb. —
A Papillion man said police showed up at his 83-year-old mother's house for a welfare check, but the call was bogus.
While that's an unusual scam in Nebraska, con artists preying on the elderly is nothing new.
Barbara Mathewson got a call Monday morning from a young man crying on the phone saying, ‘Grandma, I'm in trouble.’
“I knew it wasn’t one of my grandchildren and I said, ‘Well which one is this?’ and he says, ‘Grandma, it’s your oldest,’ he couldn’t even give me a name.