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Scam: A grandson I never knew I had

Cross-posted to Wordpress 5-8-2015

Yesterday while feasting on steamed clams at Cap'n Cat's Urp! Excuse me!, I got my first phone call ever from my grandson. He was in trouble, oh so much trouble. Car accident. Thank Mogg, he wasn't hurt badly. And I knew what was coming next: would I be able to wire him $3,000 via Western Union to help him with expenses?

Well, I shut this drone down in a hurry - although I was surprised that he called back right after I had told him to shove his scam where the sun don't shine. He probably wanted to return the favor, but I didn't bother to answer.

How this scam works is beyond me. They call elderly people, and open the call with "Hello, Grandpa"? (or Grandma). They never identify themselves by name. If the person responds, "Is this (Tommy)"? they immediately say yes, and they have a name to work with. They're invariably in trouble. Sometimes overseas. Accident, arrested, what have you. Just need a loan to help them get fixed, bailed out, pay doctor bills, etc. Just wire the funds via Western Union.

This guy didn't sound Nigerian. He was definitely North American. How he got my cell number is beyond me, because I'm not listed anywhere. And I only have two grandchildren, both girls, aged 3 and 6.

To all within the sound of my voice: If anyone wants money via Western Union or bank transfer, hang up. If you think a relative may truly be in trouble, verify who you're talking to with some questions that only the relative in question could answer. Better yet, get a number where you can call them back and then verify the matter with another relative. If a kid's in jail, a night in the pokey never hurt anyone... it will give you time to check the facts first.


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deckardcanine
Oct. 14th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I guess he didn't just pick a number at random. He must have known somehow that you were pretty old. But he overestimated your chance of severe senility.

I didn't know Cap'n Jack bought a chain called Urp! Excuse me!
r_caton
Oct. 14th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Dang it, if Flo Ambrose had called you'd have wired that cash out!

(What's 3000 clams in squid?)
(Anonymous)
Oct. 14th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Y'all best believe it son..
3000 clams = 1 bellyache.
lowen_kind
Oct. 14th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Correction is order: not Cap'n Jack's but Cap'n Cat's. ;=3

Edited at 2009-10-14 09:38 pm (UTC)
r_caton
Oct. 14th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Doesn't he come from under milk wood?
ccdesan
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Fixed! Thanks.
alaskawolf
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
damn scam artist , they need to be dumped in the middle of the ocean :P

maybe i can call you and ask for money too :P

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