There's a scam out there targeting grandparents. Someone calls, claiming to be the person's grandchild, in need of money for lawyer's fees or bail - or maybe even medical treatment. Sometimes the person says they're a lawyer calling on behalf of the grandchild who's in trouble with the law.
I read in the local news that one couple lost $8000, another $9000 in the scam. How can people be so gullible...? I wondered.
But I was caught off guard when the call also happened to me!
I was looking after my grandson J when a phone call - with a blocked number - came through. I couldn't see who was calling.
Hi Grandma, said a mature female voice. How are you?
I quickly assumed that my daughter-in-law was checking to see how her 3-year-old was doing. Otherwise why would she call me "grandma"?
Do you want to talk to J? I asked.
No. I want to talk to you. I have a big problem.
What? I asked.
I'm not feeling well, she replied.
I'm not feeling great either, I said. In fact, I did a Covid test this morning before J arrived.
I made an appointment to see the doctor, she said. As I was driving over, my phone kept dinging. I quickly looked down to check it and I ran into a little old lady...
I rear-ended her car. I stopped and called the police. When they arrived , they arrested me for distracted driving. Now I'm in jail.
At this point, I became suspicious. That just wouldn't happen...
I have to go now, I said quickly. I'll call you right back.
I immediately called my daughter-in-law, the person I thought I had been talking to.
Are you okay? I asked.
Yes, I'm working from home today. Why?
Someone just called - I thought it was you. They said they'd had a car accident and were in jail...
I'd been scammed! All day long I kept thinking about how easily and smoothly that stranger - that thief - had won my trust.
I had been tricked... I had been gullible, too!