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(WESH Orlando)   Thieves scamming people who are apparently unaware of who their grandchildren are   (wesh.com ) divider line 23
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2013-07-12 09:22:34 AM  
Several years ago, before he was really altered, my father-in-law was scammed out of almost $10k using a similar trick.  The con artist told him that he was up in Canada,stuck there until he could get the money so he could come home.
 
2013-07-12 09:44:19 AM  
I'd send them stale ribbon candy.  And a clipping from Parade magazine.
 
2013-07-12 10:03:24 AM  
Grandma?
 
2013-07-12 10:08:19 AM  

BizarreMan: Several years ago, before he was really altered, my father-in-law was scammed out of almost $10k using a similar trick.  The con artist told him that he was up in Canada,stuck there until he could get the money so he could come home.


Happened to my dad.  He got a call from "my son" saying that he was arrested in Canada - "please don't tell Dad!" My dad ended up calling me after the thieves called a second time, trying to get more money.  I told him there was no way my son could be in Canada as I'd just watched a movie with him.  All of a sudden it clicked.  Told him to get off the phone and call the FBI, who referred him to the RCMP.  They never caught the thieves, even though they had video of them picking up the money at Western Union.
 
2013-07-12 10:13:23 AM  
sensesofcinema.com

Nothing new.
 
2013-07-12 10:19:20 AM  
My step mother almost fell for this.  And she doesn't even HAVE a grandson.  She kept asking the caller if he was this relative or that relative until she got to one that fit.  Then she realized it couldn't be that one because that one was in South Korea.

Yikes.
 
2013-07-12 10:20:22 AM  
If someone tried to scam my parents with this trick, he wouldn't get any money. He'd get a lecture on how if he's going to be a criminal, he should at least have the sense not to get caught.
 
2013-07-12 10:22:26 AM  
Someone tried this Scam on my Grandma,  they said that I was in lockup Toronto, and needed money to make bail and that she shouldn't tell my parents because they would be so angry.

My grandmother said "I'm calling your parents, if they're pissed off it's your own damn fault, because they raised you better then this."

She then proceeded to call my parents, who called me to yell at me for causing an "International Incident" by breaking Canadian laws and getting arrested for whatever the supposed crime was,  I think it was drunk driving and resisting arrest.

I just sat there and said "Wait, I did what in Canada?  I haven't left the State of Nevada in the last year, and if I was in Jail do you think they would let me have the Cell phone I just received this call on?"  After we figured out what was actually happening We got my Grandmother Caller ID on her land line, and though the scam has been tried on her 2 more times,  she has told the scammers to F-Off in her nice grandmotherly way.
 
2013-07-12 10:30:12 AM  
I talk with my 80 year old dad fairly often about these kind of scams that pop up.  So last week, he tells me that he paid $8,000 to a guy to replace two windows in his house that was "around the neighborhood,"  but that he didn't get scammed because it was hurricane glass.  Based on the square feet, he paid about twice as much as he should have.  Ugh, stupid trusting old people!
 
2013-07-12 10:34:10 AM  

TommyJReed: Someone tried this Scam on my Grandma,  they said that I was in lockup Toronto, and needed money to make bail and that she shouldn't tell my parents because they would be so angry.

My grandmother said "I'm calling your parents, if they're pissed off it's your own damn fault, because they raised you better then this."

She then proceeded to call my parents, who called me to yell at me for causing an "International Incident" by breaking Canadian laws and getting arrested for whatever the supposed crime was,  I think it was drunk driving and resisting arrest.

I just sat there and said "Wait, I did what in Canada?  I haven't left the State of Nevada in the last year, and if I was in Jail do you think they would let me have the Cell phone I just received this call on?"  After we figured out what was actually happening We got my Grandmother Caller ID on her land line, and though the scam has been tried on her 2 more times,  she has told the scammers to F-Off in her nice grandmotherly way.


"That's nice, dear"?
 
2013-07-12 10:41:35 AM  

jayphat: TommyJReed: Someone tried this Scam on my Grandma,  they said that I was in lockup Toronto, and needed money to make bail and that she shouldn't tell my parents because they would be so angry.

My grandmother said "I'm calling your parents, if they're pissed off it's your own damn fault, because they raised you better then this."

She then proceeded to call my parents, who called me to yell at me for causing an "International Incident" by breaking Canadian laws and getting arrested for whatever the supposed crime was,  I think it was drunk driving and resisting arrest.

I just sat there and said "Wait, I did what in Canada?  I haven't left the State of Nevada in the last year, and if I was in Jail do you think they would let me have the Cell phone I just received this call on?"  After we figured out what was actually happening We got my Grandmother Caller ID on her land line, and though the scam has been tried on her 2 more times,  she has told the scammers to F-Off in her nice grandmotherly way.

"That's nice, dear"?


"Bless your heart"?
 
2013-07-12 10:44:13 AM  
....Somebody tried this on my dad a couple months ago - he's 78 but still sharp enough to understand that something wasn't right, so he called me right away.  As it turned out, I had just gotten off the phone with my son (who was 45 miles away).  After I got home that night we started comparing notes, and it turned out that Dad's email had been hacked, and that's where the bastards got some of the details they used in the call.  It also helped that Dad has...how shall I put this....'done the State some service'...so when somebody calls from "Mexico" claiming to be the 'US Consul in Mexico', he knew to ask some other questions as well.

/Dad ever finds these guys, they're going to have broken fingers.
 
2013-07-12 10:46:44 AM  

BizarreMan: Several years ago, before he was really altered, my father-in-law was scammed out of almost $10k using a similar trick.  The con artist told him that he was up in Canada,stuck there until he could get the money so he could come home.


Same thing would have happened to my step-mother's father. Lucky he's too out of it to have access to his bank account.

people are scum
 
2013-07-12 11:03:04 AM  
They tried it on my mom, but she caught on pretty quick they were full of crap
 
2013-07-12 12:12:43 PM  
Who?
 
2013-07-12 12:27:17 PM  
My mother got a call from someone using this scam. Given that her grandson is severely autistic, the chances of him picking up an phone and calling her (even if he did do something to get arrested) are essentially zero.
 
2013-07-12 01:29:26 PM  
They've been pulling off this same swindle in Japan for decades -- http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/tag/ore-ore-sagi/
 
2013-07-12 02:28:04 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: ....Somebody tried this on my dad a couple months ago - he's 78 but still sharp enough to understand that something wasn't right, so he called me right away.  As it turned out, I had just gotten off the phone with my son (who was 45 miles away).  After I got home that night we started comparing notes, and it turned out that Dad's email had been hacked, and that's where the bastards got some of the details they used in the call.  It also helped that Dad has...how shall I put this....'done the State some service'...so when somebody calls from "Mexico" claiming to be the 'US Consul in Mexico', he knew to ask some other questions as well.

/Dad ever finds these guys, they're going to have broken fingers.


Does your father have a very particular set of skills, acquired over a very long career?
 
2013-07-12 03:32:23 PM  
They tried this on my grandmother (in MA).  Said they were my brother and he was in jail.  More scary they said "I know you keep cash in the house, put the money on the kitchen table and stay in the bedroom for 2 hours".  Were they going to come in the house?  Really really freaky.
 
2013-07-12 04:02:53 PM  
Yup, happened to my dad.  He answered the phone and the guy on the line said "hey grandpa, this is your grandson", I come from a family of smart asses and my father has 9 grandsons responds "Grandson? I don't have any grandson!".  Of course three of his grandsons were standing right in front of him.  Yeah whoever the person was hung up immediately.  None of the kids call him grandpa, it's Tata.  So we figured out what the deal was.  If anyone calls him asking for money, he would tell them "hell no" call your parents and then proceed to lecture them on their idiodict decision that got them into trouble.  Yeah.  Sad that these people prey on old folks.
 
2013-07-12 05:08:10 PM  
My parents got a couple of these calls one day, apparently from my nephew who was in his freshman year of college. The first person claimed to be my nephew saying he was in the Dominican Republic for a friend's bachelor party when he got arrested. He didn't want to upset his parents. He then put a "police officer" on the phone, who told him he could Western Union the bail money, with some woman as the recipient. My father smartly told them he had to see about getting the cash together, and asked if they could call back in a little while. He then called my sister to confirm that my nephew was OK. When they called back, my mother answered the phone and told them it couldn't be their grandson because he was dead.

The scary thing is the person who claimed to be my nephew had quite a bit of information, even knowing what to call my father. I think someone at his school got the info.
 
2013-07-12 05:22:07 PM  
My mom had fun with this when her "grandson" called. The only grandson she has is 5 years old. So this call must have been from the future. It was pretty good she gathered all the information and then at teh end of the call she tells them "I hope this wont get you in trouble in the first grade" or something to that effect and hung up.
 
2013-07-12 09:47:34 PM  
This story is a repeat of, oh, every six months. No seriously, I saw this story covered on the news when I was in FL six months ago... and last year, and the year before that, and the one before that.
 
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