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Monday, November 28, 2016

Elderly Wellsboro resident was bilked out of $3,500.00

SCAMMED

It was reported that an elderly Wellsboro resident was bilked out of $3,500.00 in a telephone scam back on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The 86 year-old woman had received a phone call telling her she needed to post $3,500.00 bail for her grandson, who was said to be in jail. The victim thought she was helping her grandson and purchased $3,500.00 in gift cards. She then provided the information to the caller.

Scams like this are growing and happening throughout the U.S. Please be careful as more scams are targeting our senior citizens every day. Also with Christmas upon us, other scams may soon be appearing in larger numbers. If suspect a scam please call your local police department. Do not provide your personal or bank information to anyone you do not know.

12 comments :

Anonymous said...



Unfortunately, it's called "The College of Hard Knocks"
and can be costly and dangerous.

Anonymous said...

What a heart breaking story, I hate seeing elderly being scammed, these people will answer for every bit of fraud, stealing & scamming the elderly or, really anyone they scam !

Anonymous said...

People need to let their elderly relatives of this scam so they know before hand if they should get a call from these assholes

Sloe Moe said...

elderly people should actually be wise enough to know better than buying thousands of dollars worth of gift cards for someone on the phone that they don't know without verifying any information. It's actually just a little common sense.

Anonymous said...

Some of these elderly have dementia, when you get 86 yrs of age you can be talked into anything, worked with elderly for over 32 yrs, they're very vulnerable, they need to be guided in just about every descion they make especially at 86 yrs of age.
Shame on these thieves that do this to the elderly as one said they'll answer for it, what goes around, comes around, many times some of my elderly recieved calls stating they owed the IRS thousands of dollars, I just hung up on
them, yes to us it is just common sense, but when your 86 yrs old, your mind is not as sharp as it is when your in 50s, 60s, or even 70s, so when your 86 yrs old I doubt if you'll have common sense not to be scammed if you're living alone ! & have no one to help or guide you !

Anonymous said...

If you have to give your life story to purchase a box of Sudafed, why not the same for gift cards. If anyone walks into their local store and starts purchasing an excessive amount of gift cards, why not require the store to ask questions.

Sloe Moe said...

I agree....but it would seem to me that any elderly person being cared for that has dementia wouldn't be in control of or have access to $3500 in cash to be able to go to a store and purchase multiple gift cards and then call someone back that they didn't know....and hand over the financial information. I know that when my parents got to the point that they were unsure of what they were doing, we stepped in and helped them with things.....yes, it's shameful that people are out there that do things like this, but it's nothing new. The world has been plagued by hustlers for centuries.

Anonymous said...

Some elderly people have no one to care for them !!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You's that have parents & care for them are very fortunate, but unfortunately there are elderly out there with no family member to care for them, I know of a lady who lived alone, had no family to care for her, her home was a diaster & your pulling teeth to get the state invovled

Anonymous said...

bilked is a term that I haven't heard before.

Sloe Moe said...

If they have no family , then I guess they don't have to worry about their grandson needing bail money then...do they? Come on....you people are too easy!!!

Anonymous said...

Someday you'll be 86 yrs old dude & see how well you do with your pea brain