This scam is nicknamed the " emergency scam " or " grandparent scam," the fraud involves crooks phoning elderly people under the guise of one of their grandchildren. The crook persuades grandparent to send money but not tell other relatives.
I heard the news in the US “A local woman is out $5,000 after falling for the "grandparent scam" earlier this week. The Sunnieholme Drive resident told police she received a call Tuesday from a man who said he was her grandson. He told her he needed money after being arrested in Canada after drinking and crashing his car. " Connecticut Post, January 15, 2009 “ 「高齢の方が、孫がカナダで飲酒運転後に車をぶつけて逮捕されているのでお金が必要だからと、５０００ドルを騙し取られた。」