Scam Came here - Tried at least

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gillumhouse's picture
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I posted this on FB this morning. I am posting this here ro say WE know but perhaps one of our lurkers do not - plus it came here to Podunk.

A relative posted on our daughter's FB page this morning wishing birthday greetings to his uncle. Shortly after that, we received a phone call asking for my husband by name and when asked who may I say is calling, the response was "his nephew". THIS dummy , having a name in the forefront supplied "oh, is this C***?"

I stayed on the line to hear the rest of the story being told because we have never heard from C - "I had an accident last night and I sound different because I have a broken nose and stitched lip." and then proceeded with his tale. Thing is I was arrested for DUI. I have a friend from Columbia who was getting married and was offered a free trip to attend the wedding. And now I am at a pay phone calling you from the jail..... at this point, knowing of this scam, I asked him what his Mother's name was. After repeating the question rather than answering why, he finally said Ruth. Told my husband to hang up as this was not the person we thought it was. (We do not have any Ruth in the family.)

Be aware - we bailed before he asked for money. It will be a plausible story of illness, mugging, arrest, accident in need of money and it will be a relative or someone calling FOR that relative who could be in Canada, Mexico, or anywhere in the world (although actually the relative is at home). Before you EVER send money, call the relative or the neighbor of the relative, someone YOU called to check on the story. It is a scam - usually used on elderly grandparents.

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oh, how i hate this *#!@ ... 'i'm calling you because my mother would be so angry'    blahblahblah ...  they always find someone who bites, who instinctively wants to help and asks questions later.  boooooooh

 

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Yes I've heard of this one before. Can't believe they think they can pose as a relative and pass it off, but they try for some reason, and I guess some fall for it. Glad you didn't!

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It is because of Forums like this that I knew about this scam and the e-mail version of it. When I heard the tale unfolding, my first thought  was why are you calling us instead of your Dad (who is in a MUCH better financial condition than us) and when I asked where are you now I asked his Mother's name - first his Mother died and he gave a name not even in the family as extensive and extended as it is. The real C told me this is the second time someone tried this. First time was with his elderly, addled grandma who fortunately asked his brother what to do.

C said he has never ever driven after even one drink, has a neuro disorder the military will not claim and had not driven for 4 years because of it. Told him we had no clue of any of that (his Dad is brother of  late 1st wife and the best of that family).

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