I am hoping that many readers will read this and then send it out to their family and friends.
This morning I was drinking my coffee when the phone rang. The person said “Hi Grandma” but I did not recognize the voice. I asked “Who is this?” and the man said “Your oldest grandson.”
I discerned that this was not my grandson, but what he said to me next truly alarmed me.
“You have to promise me that you will not tell anyone about what happened” he said. I allowed him to tell me a story that did NOT ring true for my grandson. He said that all of his friends were drunk and he was chosen to drive, and that he hit a car with a pregnant woman in it.
He then asked if his attorney could call me. I said yes, still knowing that this sounded contrived and much like a scam.
We hung up and in a couple of minutes another man called. He said that he was from a Legal Defense firm and that he was going to represent my grandson.
Then he said that they needed $6000 which would be returned to me after the court date. I told him that the person who called me first did not sound anything like my grandson. He responded that it was probably because the air bag broke his nose and he had stitches in his face.
I told this man to call me back in 10 minutes. I could tell he did not like this, but he said he would call back.
I called my daughter and told her what happened. My grandson works at night and sleeps in the day and he was most likely fast asleep, but we still wanted confirmation of that.
My daughter finally called me back and said that he was fine and was sleeping.
I looked online and found numerous articles about the “Grandparent Scam.” I had never heard of it, but now I realize that it is a common scam.
I even called the non emergency number of our local police. My daughter asked me to do this and to give them the phone numbers the scammers used. The office said that this was such a common scam and did not want the numbers. That surprised me a bit.
Brethren, please alert your family and friends about this!