Man Impersonating Police Officer Tries To Scam Elderly Couple

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COLUMBUS - Police are investigating after an elderly couple reported that someone is pretending to be an officer to scam people out of money.

The couple tells 10TV they have been married for nearly 60 years and still stand by each other's side, even when someone tries to take advantage of them over the phone.

They say it started with a call from a stranger and ended with a call to police.

They say they got the call around noon on Thursday.

“I said, 'who are you?' And he said, 'I am an officer' and he even gave me his name,” said the wife, who is remaining unidentified for her own safety. 

“And then he continued saying our grandson was in an accident and at the time, found some things they didn't like in the trunk of the car, which was marijuana,” said the husband.

They say the man on the phone said their grandson was innocent and if they wanted to help him, the could post bail.

They say the man wanted $1,800 in cash sent thru Western Union, from either the local Kroger or Drug Mart.

They said fear set in.  But, they knew something was not quite right.

They tell us they had to figure out if the story about their grandson was a lie.  They called their grandson at work and would not stop until they talked to him.

The wife says hearing her grandson’s voice was an incredibly relieving moment for them, “Oh my gosh, you just want to either cry or go hooray, I know I was right.”

This couple says they are now being more careful with everything they do and every person they speak with, and they hope others get word of this, and do the same.