elderly scam

My dad (Wayne) was the victim of one of those elderly scam artists who called him pretending to be with the American Consolate in Mexico. He told him this elaborate story of his grandson who had gone down there to attend a funeral with his friend and wound up getting arrested for possesion of marijuana in the vehicle. For two days my dad endured phone calls, twice from his supposed grandson, AKA my son Kolton, (who happened to be going to college in Michigan-and was still there) begging Grandpa to not let them lock him up any longer. My dad didn't want to worry me and  wanted to try and handle it on his own and he was also told that if he involved the authorities, any deals would be nullified. They wanted $2500.00 to get him out and on a plane back to the states. My dad was thinking this was not on the up and up but convinced that his grandson was indeed in trouble and he would do anything to at least get him back home safely. After all, Kolton has plans of becoming a Navy Seal after college and my dad didn't want anything to tarnish his reputation or career choices. My dad was scared to death for his safety. He finally was able to wire the money needed and was contacted the next day again by supposed "Kolton" and he said he was on the plane but they took him off again and now want more money for a lawyer. That's when my dad finally called me and went to the police. Needless to say he was out the money-money that he desperately needs to live on. I wish I could just pay him myself but as a single mom of two (both in college) I just can't. So, as humbly as I can, I am asking for help to try and recoup his money. And please pass the word to all your elderly reletives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Lori Kiester 
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North Branch, MN
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