This story is intended to warn people of new age scammers, in hopes others will not become scammed like my grandmother was in September, 2010. This is her story, and how she was scammed out of 10K for what she believed was going to help her grandson out of a sticky situation that could ruin his reputation. However, her grandson did not receive any money, and he was not in trouble at all! In September, 2010 my grandmother received a phone call that would change her life. The “scammer” called my grandmother with enough personal information that made her believe it was truly her grandson. The “scammer” called a said, “Grandma, I need your help. This is Brad and I need you to help me with my current situation. I have been in a car accident with a gentleman from Mexico and he is threatening to sue me because I have no car insurance because I am in between switching car insurance providers and currently have no coverage. The “scammer” claimed the grandson to be in at the courthouse in Columbus, Ohio-where the grandson lived. The “scammer” had known enough personal information to make my grandmother believe it was me. Over the course of 2 weeks, the “scammer” successfully managed to convince my poor grandmother to send them 10k over several transactions. The “scammer” were very detailed-oriented in their approach. Telling my grandmother she couldn’t tell anyone in the family, including my parents, because it would ruin my reputation. She also believed I would pay her back. My grandmother was so convinced it was me, she even kept it secret from my grandfather. There are many questions to be asked that are difficult to answer. I know my grandmother is a smart individual, so if she can get scammed this swiftly, so can any other grandparent in the world. This story needs shared with the world warning them theifs are targeting grandparents and impostering as their grandkids to send them money through Western Union. If you would like more information or I left any voids, I have the answers. I would love to speak with someone to share more to prevent this ever from happening again.
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