Jane Sawvell was almost the next victim of the so-called Grandparent emergency scam.
"How can somebody be so low as to try to manipulate the love an emotions of a grandmother for their grandchild," Sawvell said. "For their gain."
A man claiming to be her grandson called and told her he was being held in a Mexico jail.
He asked her for $1,000 to expedite his trial that was scheduled for 8 weeks later.
Sawvell almost wired the money to the man but a Hy-Vee clerk asked Sawvell to double check the story before sending the money.
Bettendorft police say this scam is very common but once the money is sent it is our of their jurisdiction.