San Francisco Safeway employee saves woman from phone scam 

An employee at a San Francisco Safeway store saved an elderly woman from falling for a common phone scam Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The 89-year-old Lakeshore woman went to the nearby store on a mission to wire $2,700 via Western Union to a scammer in the Dominican Republic.

The woman said someone claiming to be her grandson phoned her saying he had been arrested in the Dominican Republic and needed bail money.

The slick-talker convinced her into going to the Safeway. But an employee at the store questioned the woman about the money transfer. The employee said she would wait a while before wiring the cash, just in case.

Meanwhile, the woman called her son to pick her up. Soon after, cops were called. The money was never wired, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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