Scamming the elderly out of their money is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. In an effort to make people – parents, children, grandchildren, siblings – more aware of the devious attempts by strangers, friends and relatives to prey on the elderly, I plan to post all of the scams I become aware of.
An elderly man receives a phone call from a young person crying “Grandpa, this is Jessie. I’m in trouble.” Grandpa, thinking to himself that it sounds like his grandson, listens to what happened. Turns out that “Jessie” is on Spring Break in Florida and was arrested. He needs money right away and needs it wired down or telegrammed to Florida. Also, “Please, please don’t tell my mom” the younger child cries. Grandpa, ever the good- hearted person, goes to the bank and withdraws money, then sends a Western Union to Florida.
Later the same month, Grandpa sees he grandson Jessie and asks about the Spring Break incident. Jessie, with a bewildered look on his face, says he wasn’t in Florida during Spring Break and wasn’t arrested. By the time they figure out what happened, it was too late to even call Western Union to try to track the money.
The elderly need to be aware of scams and protect their money. Vigilant friends and relatives help, but the elderly also need to question people who are trying to get money from them.