Scammer fails in attempt to fool granny

A San Francisco grandmother was startled by a threatening phone scam Thursday.

A scammer told the woman, who lives in the 100 block of Jackson Street, that he was a traffic cop in Barcelona, Spain, who had just pulled over her son, police said.

The caller said she’ll need to wire over $2,800 to bail her son out of jail, as a passenger in his car was caught carrying drugs. The victim then called her grandson, who said he was not in Barcelona and knew nothing of the incident, police said.

When the suspect called back asking if she sent the money, the victim said “no.”

“We are not playing with you,” the suspect shouted. “We know where you live.”

The victim called police, who responded to her apartment. She was refereed to SFPD’s economic crimes unit.

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