Con artists often choose to prey upon the elderly, and a recent scam has been using their grandchildren as the bait. One Cincinnati grandfather was lured into believing that his eldest grandson was in serious legal trouble. Trouble, which almost put him out $2,300 hadn’t it been for a suspicious Walmart clerk who luckily intervened just in time.
Cecil Rodgers was looking forward to spending the holidays with his grandchildren until a phone call quickly dampened his spirits. The person on the other line claimed to be Rodgers’ eldest grandson and pleaded that he needed bail money in the wake of a drunk driving accident.
“A voice comes on and says, ‘Papaw, this is your oldest grandson. I’m in trouble,’” Rodgers told WCPO. “He said, ‘I hit a woman’s car and she was seven months pregnant. And they charged me with drunken driving and I’m in jail.’” Rodgers was then instructed by someone posing as a lawyer to send $2,300 for a bail bond through a direct store-to-store money transfer.
Rodgers’ concern for his grandson prompted him to head to a local Walmart to make the transfer. However, the clerk managing the transaction, Audrella Taylor, was quick to see the red flags that his distress made him blind to.
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