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."
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.