It's an old scam (no pun intended) but basically scammers target the elderly pretending to be a Grand kid who needs bail money because they are in jail...This time two Kennewick men allegedly and successfully bilked an elderly Florida man out of thousands $$$...

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According to the TC Herald It went down like this:

The scammers pretended to be this 83 year old Panama City Florida man's Grandson(On the Phone) who needed bail money...the scammers then asked the elderly man to send pre-paid gift cards totaling somewhere in the neighborhood of $6000 grand! Which they then used ata Kennewick Best Buy...

The two losers were busted by Kennewick Detectives who nabbed them at Tri-Cities Airport upon their return from a trip from Thailand...

They now reside at Benton County Jail on $50,000 bail and are charged with:

  • first-degree trafficking in stolen property
  • money laundering
  • aggravating circumstances of victim vulnerability and that it was a major economic offense