“Grandma! I’m in jail. I did something bad and I got caught. You’re the only one I trust. Please don’t tell my parents. You’re the only one I can trust! You know my Mom - she may be a blond 35 year old, but she‘s got such a temper. And Dad, that bald old grouchy guy will loose control.”
“Child. Where are you?”
“Im in jail an they want $1,000 to get me out!”
“Where are you? You don’t sound like yourself.”
“I’m scared. I’m sorry. They threatened me!”
“Of course I’ll send you the money.”
The Arizona Republic Newspaper published an item on this scam. With all the information and pictures put out on Facebook and other such sites, it’s easy to assume the identity of just about anyone. This scam is becoming big. It’s easy enough to have so much family history and details at your fingertips, it would be simple to put one over on Granny. Apparently there are quite a few that have fallen for this scam. One woman wired $1,000 and then got a call where the kid needed $1,000 more to hire an attorney. She sent the money.
If I ever receive this call, I will go along with it to the point of getting the caller’s phone number and the information on where to wire the money. I would then call the parents to be sure the kid was safe and alert them to the scam. I would then and immediately call the local authorities with the caller’s phone number and every piece of information I could get.
I’m sure many of you have heard of this scam, but decided to share it just the same.