Detectives investigating the theft of more than $700,000 from an elderly Hillsborough County woman are now looking for a bit of a lift from Uber.
This summer, scammers convinced 82-year-old Anna Nunn that her granddaughter was in serious legal trouble and needed her help, convincing Nunn to make repeated withdrawals from her bank and hand over bricks of cash to a courier, according to her attorney and a lawsuit filed in the case.
The so-called “grandparent scam” wasn’t an uncommon one, but the six-figure loss — much of Nunn’s life savings — was an eyebrow-raiser.
Now the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office wants records from Uber about rideshare pickups at Nunn’s home between April and August — including the Uber account holder’s name and credit card information, the trips’ histories and the pick-up and drop-off locations.
That “will assist with providing information to who purchased the rideshares and where the victim’s funds actually went,” a detective wrote in court records. “Ms. Nunn confirmed she did not place these rideshares.”
Hillsborough County Judge Jack Gutman signed a search warrant to get the information from Uber, which had already confirmed several rides to Nunn’s home, according to court records.
An Uber spokeswoman said Wednesday that the company is in touch with the Sheriff’s Office to help with the investigation.
Though a court affidavit indicated Nunn’s address was the Uber pick-up spot, it did not appear to specify…