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Elderly Grafton Woman Scammed Out Of $20K On Her 86th Birthday Is Sad And Enraging But Here’s How You Can Help

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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.

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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.

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This story is so enraging because the woman seems like a real doll.  As you can see from watching that video, her favorite word is, “sure.” She says it a million times. Grandson needs your life savings? Her natural reaction is “sure.” Because that’s the kind of woman she is. What kind of soulless coward picks on not only the elderly, but the nice elderly? Because not everyone who is elderly is nice. Some of them are assholes. It’s just so frustrating because you know they do this all the time, and they’re probably not gonna get caught. By demanding cash there is very little paper trail. My question is, why her? Do these assholes in Ohio have a database of every elderly person in the country? Was she scouted out ahead of time by someone locally because she was an easy target? They have two phone numbers and an address, but I assume they have to be burner phones. Can’t the cops just go to that address in Columbus? Or have the scam artists figured a way around that? I have no idea how any of this works. All I know is that in 2016 there’s gotta be a way to track all this.

Anyway, we wanted to share this story for two main reasons:

  1. To share the GoFundMe in case you were feeling generous.
  2. 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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25 Comment(s)
  • Devils Mouthpiece
    October 19, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Too bad someone didn’t slip some bad substance in the envelope for these shit stains to open. Nothing like a slow painful death to cure the scam.

  • Thomas Doubting
    Big Sceptic
    October 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Sometimes these scams are committed by a relative. They know all the correct names to use and very often exactly how much the victim has in their bank account. Sad but often true.

  • whatevuh
    WHATEVUH
    October 19, 2016 at 8:07 am

    This almost happened to my mother too, she called me about my nephew saying he was in jail and needed money, I assured her it was a scam. Close call. These people really are scum bags

  • JoeMomma
    October 18, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Fed Ex needs an actual street address to deliver to, no PO boxes. Catching these clowns should be pretty easy.

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      I have an actual street address.. but my guess is that’s not these asshole’s actual place. My bet is it’s some unsuspecting person’s apartment who doesn’t even know their address is being used for this.
      These guys gave my Grandma specific instructions on when to get fedex to deliver it.. My guess is they did that so they could wait in the car out in front of hte place to wait for fedex to come. And they probably knew no one was going to be home.

      Then fedex dropped the package at the door and they ran in and grabbed it.

      the key here would be to get them to do it to her again.. and then have the cops be there waiting for the fuckers to grab the package when fedex drops it.

      • JRod
        October 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm

        Sounds possible.

      • Cheryl
        October 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        Too bad one of the neighbors doesn’t have security cameras. So many have security stuff now. I’d stick with Ohio sources etc as maybe it’s happened before in that area.

      • Adam
        October 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm

        Wont use the same drop spot after all this media starts to pick up on it…..maybe though, wherever the drop was there could be cameras?

  • Reddog
    October 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    With a splash of a punch in the face!

  • Kenny Powers
    Kenny Powers
    October 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Whoever did this, I hope you die by a horrific overdose of heroin and Drano.

    Now this is a go fund me I will get behind.

  • October 18, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Everyone… Todd Here..
    Thanks to the TurtleBoy team for posting this.. after I told them via FB they were on it like stink on.. well you know. You guys rock!

    Thank you all for your comments.. and your disgust.. and your kind words.. and desire to beat these assholes into a pulp. Trust me, i’m fucking mad as hell.
    Please be sure to tell all your elderly family members and friends about this. Show them the video of my grandma.. Make sure it drives it home for them to never trust anyone in this day in age.

    Everyone should have a code word or something.. every family.. something only your family can know. And everyone needs to know to use it in cases like this. My grandma grew up when nothing like this happened (at least not on a grand scale) and everyone lived trusting each other. Do you even feel ok borrowing sugar from your neighbors anymore? do you even know your neighbors?

    The trust and kindness of yesteryear feels to be completely absent in 2016. My faith in humanity has hit an all time low.
    I’ve been scammed before on the net.. $1000 dollars here.. 100 bucks there.
    but this is ridiculous. And has absolutely destroyed my Grandma.. She has no idea what she’s gonna do and we’ll probably have to sell her house and move her in with my parents because of this.

    I want to go to Ohio and beat the shit out of these bastards.. i want the FBI to track them down … I want the cops to do something. But i have no faith in any of that. The police have too much going on to worry about some elderly woman who sent 20k in cash to a scammer.. FBI has bigger fish to fry.. and I have no idea how to find these fucks.

    thats what you call SOL
    all i can do is hope this gofundme campaign recoups some of my grandma’s losses and raises awareness on this Elderly scam epidemic that we’re living in.

    Thanks to all those who are still honest, genuine, caring, compassionate, and generous in this day and age.
    Stay that way.. please..

    • KimberlyS
      KJDS
      October 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Hey Todd – I live in Northern Kentucky just south of Cincinnati, OH. Have you considered going to the Ohio media? It could definitely get some more exposure for your Grandma’s situation.

      I hope you don’t mind, but I emailed this story to a talk radio host in Cincinnati who talks about scams like this on his program. Again, exposure can’t hurt.

      I tried to post his email address here before, but this site seemingly doesn’t allow any links in the comments, and my previous comment was deleted.

      If you’d like to follow up, or follow his blog (where he would mention it if he talks about it), his name is Brian Thomas on the 55KRC Morning Show in Cincinnati.

      Good Luck!

      • October 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        Hey KJDS!
        Thanks a ton! That’s a great idea to send some emails to some Ohio based news outlets.. I submitted “news tips” to all the outlets out here in New England.. haven’t heard back but i’m hoping one of them will want to pick it up and run something, even if just on their website. I really want to get this out there even just for an awareness thing.

        Thanks for sending the story to Brian Thomas.. that’s awesome. I’ll see if i can follow up with him and see what happens!

        • KimberlyS
          KJDS
          October 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

          Todd, in a weird series of events, my elderly boss was sent a text message today that was obviously a scam.

          I looked up a number of things online, and followed advice to report the event to both the FTC and my state’s Attorney General’s office.

          I don’t know if you’ve done that yet, but if not, you should. (Since your scam crossed state’s lines, you should probably report to both state’s AGs)

          • October 19, 2016 at 11:33 am

            wow! good thing he knew not to fall for it!! phew!!

            Yea.. My dad is following up on the law enforcement side of the fence but i’ll touch base with him today and if he’s not getting anywhere i’ll call both AG offices to report all the info and see if they can use any of it to find them.

  • Independent Thinker
    October 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    People who commit these types of crimes should be executed. The same should apply to identity thieves. Automatic death sentence.

    The government won’t do anything about it until the public decides to take the law into their own hands.

    • October 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      ya.. and then they’ll arrest the law abiding person who did something about it.

      • Independent Thinker
        October 19, 2016 at 6:05 am

        Unfortunately, you are correct. The only way they will do something about it is if they wake up one morning and find a bunch of known scammers hanging from light poles. Then they will take it seriously.

  • Rdeacon
    October 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Complete assholes. Unfortunately, after a week, the police won’t do anything because what could they have to go on? Ever report a hit and run by giving the police a license plate to track? They do zilch, am I right? Ever have someone steal your identity and get caught red handed passing a check with your name on it, only to have the cashier actually know the REAL YOU? Police claim there is nothing they can do. How did these dickwads know she had a grandson named Todd? Losers. They will burn in hell. Grandmas and Grandpas….DON’T GIVE ANYONE YOUR MONEY! Not even your grandchildren.

    • Obvious
      October 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      They have call logs, addresses for the drops and it’s interstate fraud so the FBI should be involved.

  • Publius
    October 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Speechless that this sort of thing can actually happen and people fall for it, if they have their wits, and if they don’t maybe someone needs to be appointed to watch out for them before this happens

  • KimberlyS
    KJDS
    October 18, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Unfortunately, this scam is fairly common. People who do this have no soul.

  • Ed Augustus
    October 18, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I’m referring this to the AG’s office. Action will be taken right after the Mosaic investigation is completed.

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