Jane Mullis was at home Wednesday afternoon when she received a phone call from her grandson. At least she thought it was her grandson.
“When I answered the phone he said ‘Hi grandma, this is your oldest grandson, don’t you recognize my voice?’” Mullis said.
She told him there was too much static but proceeded to listen as her grandson continued talking.
“He said he had something to ask me but was embarrassed,” Mullis said. “He told me he had two glasses of wine and broke his nose and injured his leg in a car wreck. He said he needed money for bond to get out of jail.”
The more the man on the other end of the phone line talked, the more suspicious Mullis became.
“It sounded just like him but the more he talked, I started to hear a (foreign) accent in his voice and started thinking it was a scam. I told him I was going to call and verify the phone number he was calling from. He told me he was calling from a phone in his cell and it won’t take incoming calls. I said I was going to call and check and after that, he said ‘OK Grandma, I love you,’ and then he hung up.”
It paid off for Mullis to be alert rather than fall victim to what is known as the grandparent scam, one of the more common scams people try to pull on the elderly. Often times, it works successfully. The grandparent feels bad for his or her granddaughter or grandson and sends money.
Once that money is wired, it’s gone forever. Recovery of it is impossible.