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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Grandparent Scam Bilks Seniors Out Of Thousands; "Well, we almost got ya!"

My father-in-law received a phone call from someone this afternoon claiming to be my son, Will. He told his grandpa that he sounded funny because he had been in a car accident, texting while driving and had stitches in his mouth. He said he need money to get out of jail and that the lawyer would give him details. 

The lawyer, Walt Davis told him to not tell anyone what happened, to keep it quiet so he could help Will get out of jail and to go to Target and send $4000 (I think it was with gift cards). 

 LUCKILY we don't have a Target in Wellsville and he stopped at our house to have us go to the closest one in Big Flats and one of our sons was home and able to explain it was a scam and that Will was fine (actually just left house before he got there). 


My father-in-law said he would have sworn he was talking to Will on the phone, the guy was very convincing! AND the lawyer did a follow up call to see if the money was sent. I won't tell you what my father-in-law said to him, but the thief said "Well, we almost got ya!" 

The PA State Police said it is good to share the story so that others can be warned!

Shelley Butler


Anonymous said...

happen to my family but we got lucky my parents didn't have any money,. Same thing guy called saying he was my son to his Gramma and said he was in Jail and she wasn't suppose to talk to me.. needed ten grand for bail money... She swore it was our son but it wasn't..
She told the scammer she didn't have that money and he actually said it was ok... LMAO they are good..

Anonymous said...

The scam was a fake lawyer asking money to be wired through Target in the form of gift cards to bail the fake son from jail?

And that sounds remotely legit?

Anonymous said...

Well, my son actually called me from jail and wanted bail money.....I just wished him good luck and hung up. Milleneals...