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Popular Phone Scam-Don’t be a Victim

10 Feb

By Carla M. Thompson

There is a very popular phone scam trending in the Metro-Detroit area right now that has the potential to put innocent people in a very dangerous situation.  My family and   I were almost victims of this phone scam, but my mother’s quick thinking prevented it. Here is how it happened:

My grandmother passed away last week and we are having the funeral on Sunday.  (She would have been 100 years old this year, WOW!)  So as you can imagine we have been receiving a lot of phone calls and we have been busy making arrangements.  In the middle of all of this my mother received a phone call and it went something like this:

Caller:  “Hello”

My Mother: “Hello”

Caller:  “Do you know who this is? I’ll give you a hint, I am from out of town. I heard about the funeral and I am here to attend it.”

My Mother: “Billy?”

Caller: “Yes, it’s me. I came as soon as I heard and I am on the road with two friends.  But here’s the thing, my car broke down.  I am in the city but I can’t get my money from Western Union until after 6pm.  Can I borrow $140? I will send my friend Roy over to pick it up.  What is your address?”

My Mother:  “Give me your number, let me call you back.”

The call ended there.

Under normal circumstances my mother would have never played a guessing game with someone over the phone but because she was stressed she was caught off guard.  And that is what con artists count on.  Now, I do believe that this could have been someone we knew, family member or friends of the family but it could have also been a stranger who looks for these types of opportunities.  Had my mother given him her address they would have not only gotten the $140 but could have also robbed everyone in the house.  After the phone call ended she called the suspected family member and found out that he was still out of town.  I am glad that my mother is cautious, even on her worst day she didn’t allow herself to be put on the spot.  This could happen to anyone.  So, everyone be careful!