Authorities are warning of a telephone scammer who tried to rip-off a James Island woman by posing as her grandson and telling her that he was in jail on a DUI charge.

The caller told her she needed to wire nearly $4,000 to free him.

The grandmother was expecting a call from her grandson, but the person on the phone just didn’t sound like him. He explained that he sounded different because his nose was broken when the car airbag deployed. He told her he was in Atlanta for a funeral.

“He told her he needed the money bad and promised he would pay her back,” according to a report filed with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman became suspicious when the caller addressed her as “Grandma.” All his life, her grandson had called her “Meemaw.” She also knew that her grandson was supposed to be in the middle of college exams.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.