Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Scams

My grandma just called me in a panic because she had received a call from my "brother", who had just flown in from somewhere and was in trouble, there was an accident and he needed $25,000 immediately. He was begging and pleading, crying for help.

First off, anyone that knows my grandma, knows that she does not have $25,000. She's in her late eighties, can barely hear and can be easily confused. And people that pray on the elderly like that make me sick. I reassured her that it absolutely was not my brother and that it was a scam.

"But it sounded like him," she said. "And he said I could talk to the police who were standing right there."

So I called my brother, who was safely at work, and he called her to reassure her that it was not him that had called.

As I was talking to her, I discovered that she gets a lot of similar phone calls. Although this is the first one from her "grandson", she said she does get a lot of them requesting money, or promising thousands of  dollars if she could just send them $149.00.

"They wanted to know everything!" she said. "They even wanted my bank number."
"You didn't give it to them...did you?" I asked.
"Well, I started to, then realized that maybe I shouldn't, so I mixed up the numbers and told them I couldn't see it very well. Then they hung up."

Whew.

It's scary to think that my grandma, who is an intelligent woman, nearly fell for one of these. And then they bring in "family" who cry for help. It's despicable. It's infuriating.

34 comments:

Tractor Mom said...

Go Grandma! They are also hacking into people's Facebook accounts. You'll start chatting with you and you think it is your friend when its not!

Has much energy as these people put into these scams you would think them would put that energy into a real job!

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Karen Mortensen said...

I have heard about this before. It is really awful. I know some people here who that happened to.

mudmama said...

That's horrible. I am so glad she didn't give them any information!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I wonder if getting an unlisted number would help? I don't know - but that's awful. There are some really scummy people in the world.

Cheryl said...

Wow. That's disgusting. I'm glad she didn't fall for it.

Get her on the national no-call list to keep away the spammers. Also, maybe caller ID.

alessandra said...

OMG!

Brian Miller said...

oh that sucks...and that they prey on those that are older....dispicable...

Yellow House Knits said...

Shame on whoever placed that call! That kind of heartlessness is really infuriating! Glad your grandma was savvy enough not to fall for it and that she has such a great support system.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

That makes me SICK. I can't imagine the waste-of-air A-holes who think that's okay to do. I mean, how callous can you be?

My grandma once got a threatening phone call, and it INFURIATED me. Still does. Can you tell?!

Susan Fobes said...

Anyone who would do this does not have a conscience or moral bone in their body! My grandmother (who was 90 at the time) let complete strangers into her house. They told her they were collecting people's old junk and getting rid of it for them. My grandmother took them up to her attic and they pretty much picked her clean of old family photos and antiques!

Josh said...

Sorry, that was me. I didn't know it was your Grandma...boy do I feel silly.

Amo said...

That is awful! How did they even know she had a grandson? Very scary. I'm glad she was smart enough to not share her bank account number! Wise woman!

Homemaker Man said...

Thank goodness she called you first.

Homemaker Man said...

Thank goodness she called you first.

Josh said...

The sad thing is, they probably got someone that day.

Titanium said...

That is SO wrong. I'm glad she called you- so many elderly folks have no one to call, no one to protect them from these malicious thieves.

Bryna said...

That seriously turns my stomach. I wish there was more of a way to crack down on these bastards!

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

ugh. that absolutely disgusts me. i'm so sorry to hear that!!

Nik said...

Can you even freaking believe some people these days?? What kind of a #$&@ takes advantage of the elderly. Stupid %#$%@ morons.

lindsey said...

That is so sad!
It makes me so sick that people do that to the elderly. I have heard of these scams on the news. Its a good thing she has such a nice and caring grandaughter to watch out for her!

IASoupMama said...

Oh, goodness! I'm so glad she had you to help her out with that. It's absolutely disgusting to prey on people like that...

Aging Mommy said...

That is just awful! Please talk to your grandma and get her next time this happens to record the number and call the police.

Tropical Mum said...

It's appalling! I am so glad your grandmother called you first. I am still shocked that someone would do something like that!

Sharlene T. said...

That's terrible and happens so often... when I get on Facebook there's this character who keeps trying to talk with me because he wants to be my 'friend'... I keep telling him to get lost (yes, I tell him to get lost...) but he has a different agenda, apparently... does that mean I'm old?...

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Another Suburban Mom said...

People who prey on the elderly and vulnerable should be shot.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

That's pathetic! Good thinking on your part to reassure her and then, check to be sure. It's a scary thought that people are willing to take advantage of the elderly that way. So sad.

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AmyLK said...

Its horrible how people pray on the innocent and old. Why can't they just get a job and let others live their lives? makes me SO mad!

Sarah said...

I'm glad that she didn't fall for it! We (my family) get a lot of calls like thatout here, and frankly am getting pretty sick of it. Thank Goodness for call display!

Mandy said...

That is disgusting! I can't believe people do things like that

AngieB said...

The same thing happened to my grnadmother in later years after my grandfather passed away. Older people are easy targets. She also had credit cards and jewelry stolen from her home by people who were there to "help her" - to fix her hair, clean her house, cook for her. It's so sad that our elderly are victimized at a time in their lives when they most need the respect and protection of others.

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Sissy said...

That makes me sick! I wish she had the phone number who called, maybe the police could do something. Ugh!!!

When did I become my Mom said...

Ugh I despise these scams. What kind of person does this? It just sickens me to my stomach knowing that people who will prey on the innocent and the elderly are out there.

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