Thursday, July 17, 2014
The elderly are often victims of scams. A more common one is when a scammer calls the home of an elderly person and tells them their loved one has been arrested and needs to be bailed out, requiring money for an attorney.
Thankfully, a clerk at a local drug store noticed a man put $500 on a money card and then come back in the next day to get more money cards. He began questioning the man, fearful he had been scammed.
According to a police report, it turns out he was. He told the clerk his grandson had been arrested and had called him from jail asking for money.
He gave the man a phone number for the clerk of court in Los Angeles, but the number was a Canadian phone number which police later learned.
While the grandfather was speaking with the clerk of court, they told him his grandson’s alleged attorney happened to be there and the grandfather spoke to him as well.
He said the fee was $3,500 and the only acceptable payment was through Green Dot Money Pack cards, according to the report.
The grandfather went all over town placing money on the cards before the officer was notified by the store clerk of the possible scam.
The officer made contact with the police department that allegedly arrested the grandson and they had no such record.
The officer then called the “clerk of court” (the Canadian phone number) and it was answered by someone with a strong English, possibly South African accent. When the officer asked him to confirm his name he replied, “you already know it,” and hung up on the officer.
The officer then reached the grandson who said he had not been arrested and hadn’t even spoken to his grandfather in several years.
The victim was informed that this was indeed a scam.