The scammers made initial contact with the seventy-eight-year-old via phone in February 2014 and sent her a check for $18,000. Following the instructions she was given she then deposited the check into her bank account.
The scammers then instructed her to make two $9,000 withdrawals and forward the cash to Jamaica.
A few days later she was informed the $18,000 check had not cleared. She then had to sell her car and other valuable items to clear the debt with the bank.
The scammers contacted her again in June and convinced her to make further payments of $50, $100, and $140.