Beware of scams! What loving grandmother would not respond to a plea from her grandson who has been wrongly jailed on drug charges, in a foreign country, while attending the funeral of a friend?
She is his only call ... it's Friday ... the officer says there is still time for an afternoon hearing ... a time has been reserved ... all she has to do is wire $1,400 bail money immediately! Hurry! Time is of the essence!
Thankfully there was an astute clerk with a suspicious nature, past experiences, appropriate training and a desire to intervene and protect! Her words of caution and action to suggest checking things out stopped thieves from stealing Grandma's money! Thankfully there are angels among us! You, Ann!
The rest of the story: Law enforcement says they have little or no ability to investigate this scheme. However, they did recommend contacting the FBI. Fortunately, Grandma's money is safe; unfortunately, because it is safe the FBI will not investigate the case. They did provide a website, www.ic3.gov, where scams can be registered.
In closing, all's well that ends well! Grandma kept her money. No one died or went to jail; however, Grandma's been knocked around pretty good on this incident and experiencing a gamut of feelings from anger, embarrassment, humiliation and violated, to relief and gratefulness. Someone needs to speak out on her behalf, and on behalf of other seniors who get caught in such schemes.
Seniors: Guard your privacy — your personal information and financial resources. Openly communicate with the people you trust. Stop, do not allow yourself to be rushed into divulging information or making hasty decisions. Be aware! If you are family or a trusted friend, be on guard — intervene, protect and defend!
We all think we could never be Grandma ... she didn't ever think she would find herself there either!