TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Investigators are asking Uber for records as they investigate the theft of more than $700,000 from an 82-year-old Florida woman who apparently fell for a “grandparent scam.”
Over the summer, the scammers convinced the woman that her granddaughter was in legal trouble and needed her help. They told her to make withdrawals from her bank and hand the money over to a courier, according to court records in the case.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s investigators have asked Uber about rideshare pickups at the woman’s home between April and August. They want the name of the Uber account holder, and credit card information, along with the history of pickups and drop-offs at various locations, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
A detective wrote in court records that these details “will assist with providing information to who purchased the rideshares and where the victim’s funds actually went,” a detective wrote in court records.
The woman told investigators she did not arrange for the rideshares.
An Uber spokeswoman told the newspaper on Wednesday that the company is in touch with the Sheriff’s Office to help with the investigation.
It was not clear whether the rides were for couriers to come to the woman’s house to get the cash, and the sheriff’s office declined to clarify that point, citing an ongoing investigation, the Times reported.
The woman received the first call from a young woman, claiming to be her granddaughter. She said she had been in a…