ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- A disoriented 81-year-old Elmwood Park grandmother lost $4,000 to a fast-talking phone scammer who claimed to be her grandson.
The imposter, apologizing for not calling her often, said that he needed money and asked her not to tell anyone, her daughter told Daily Voice.
"She has dementia and not very good judgment," the daughter said.
The caller instructed the elderly woman to take $4,000 cash to the local Best Buy and buy iTunes cards.
"I just can't believe that she actually went to the bank, got the cash, drove to Best Buy and spoke to a salesperson," her daughter said. "My mother doesn't know iTunes from mushrooms."
The thief "called again later and she gave him the serial numbers on the back," she said.
The family filed a report with Elmwood Park police, but authorities said it's all but impossible to trace such scams -- that's why they're so prevalent.
"I am so beside myself. We have talked to her countless times," the daughter told Daily Voice. "But she falls for it."
Authorities urged that people talk with their elderly relatives about phone scammers.
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