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Scammer demanded $50G, but victim, 74, went to the cops instead, Nassau police say

A grandmother was scammed out of $13,000 by a man who claimed her granddaughter needed bail money — but when he sent a woman to pick up another $50,000, the victim turned to the police, Nassau police said on Thursday.

The swindle began when the man, who was not identified, called the 74-year-old grandmother on Jan. 21 and claimed to be a lawyer for her granddaughter, whom he said had been arrested and needed money for bail, police said. And a man later came by and collected the cash, police said.

Then the grandmother was told that a judge had raised the bail, and $50,000 was now needed. She told the scammers she needed time to withdraw the funds and — realizing she had been swindled — filed a police report, police said.

The unknown man then told her on Wednesday that he would send someone to her home for the cash, police said.

Kayla A. Roberts, 22, of East Norwich, was arrested in Massapequa when she came for the funds, police said. She has been charged with attempted grand larceny and was given a desk appearance ticket for April 29.

It was not known if she was represented by counsel.

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