Granny scam played on mother's emotions

Barb Scollick, seen in her Markham home on Monday, January 27, 2014, was scammed for $4,000 by...

Barb Scollick, seen in her Markham home on Monday, January 27, 2014, was scammed for $4,000 by people pretending to be her son. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

TORONTO -- A woman scammed out of almost $4,000 says she was led on a six-hour emotional roller-coaster by a fraudster pretending to be her son in trouble.

Now she wants others to learn from her ordeal.

Barb Scollick, 67, was ambushed by a caller in mid-January who identified himself as her son and said he had been thrown in jail.

The caller fed her a story about being involved in a collision with a rental car from Quebec and blowing slightly over the limit while taking a breathalyzer test.

“He didn’t sound unlike my son, given (he told her) he had a broken nose” from the collision, she recalled.

She was further convinced when he asked her not to call his wife.


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