Here’s a story from Grafton that will break your heart and enrage you at the same time. An 86 year old woman was scammed out of $20,000 cash on her birthday, by a group of guys in Ohio pretending to be her grandson Todd.
Here’s the abbrevitated story if you didn’t watch the video:
Todd’s Grandma was called by someone pretending to be him. They begged and pleaded with her to help and to not tell anyone anything. Todd was supposedly in jail and needed bail money ($9,700), and had a crazy story about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She believed it because she said it sounded just like Todd.
You’d think that she would’ve questioned this, or asked more questions, but her love for her Grandson (who she is very close with) blinded her, and she sent the money to a “Freddie Anderson” in Columbus, OH. Once it was clear that they could get anything from her at this moment, they put a “police officer” named Paul Cooper on the phone, and he explained that it would cost another $9,700. They explained to her how to send cash in a FedEx envelope by stuffing it in a magazine.
It was every cent she had to her name, and was intended to be used for her burial when that fateful day eventually came. A lot of the money was stuffed away in a box in her bedroom, because you have to understand – people who grew up during the Great Depression have a natural distrust for banks. It’s a generational thing.
They also told her not to tell anyone, because “Todd” supposedly asked her not to. So she didn’t because she loves Todd. And finally a week or so later Todd called her up like he normally does, and she told him that she was relieved he was out of jail. It was at that moment that the whole thing came crashing down and poor Grandma realized what had happened to her. Oh yea, and it was her 86th birthday.
Anyway, we wanted to share this story for two main reasons:
- To share the GoFundMe in case you were feeling generous.
- To spread awareness, especially so people can warn their elderly loved ones NOT to fall for a scam like this. They’re living in a different world than we are, and unlike us they are trusting and nice. That’s why these scammers prey on them.
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