Phone scam costs Augusta woman $2,500

An Augusta woman was scammed out of $2,500 after receiving a phone call she thought was from a relative in trouble.

On Wednesday afternoon, a woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be her son-in-law. The person told her he was in Atlanta and had been riding in a car with a friend when they were arrested for marijuana possession.

According to a case report, the person said he was in court and needed $2,500 to pay his fine. A second person claiming to be Officer Gordon Watkins took over the call and told her to go to Target and purchase five $500 gift cards.

The woman complied and called back with the gift card information.

A Richmond County deputy contacted Target for assistance, but the gift cards had been used at a store in California and the money could not be recovered.