Local grandmother warns others about scam she almost fell victim to
DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO TV) -- "I love my grand-kids. They`re special. He`s a special kid, and I know he wouldn`t do that," said the grandmother.
This grandmother has asked us to keep her anonymous, but while she wants her identity to remain hidden, she does want to warn others about the scam that she almost fell victim to. "People should know about it. I made a mistake, but I didn`t go all the way, thank goodness," said the grandmother.
It was Sundayafternoon that she got a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. "He says grandma, I`m in trouble, could you help me? I says what kind of trouble and he said, I`m in jail, and he says I`m in Mexico. I said well, you don`t sound like yourself. I said I just don`t understand why you`re down there. You`re supposed to be in school," said the grandmother.
Even though the story didn't quite add up, the loving grandmother wanted to help her grandson. So, she did what she was told; she went to Walmart with $900, ready to send the money, but the folks at Walmart wouldn't let her. "They says ma`am, don`t you realize this is a scam. I says no, he had my cell phone number and everything," said the grandmother.
The Better Business Bureau hears from people every week that are targeted by this kind of a scam. "We call these guys scam artists, but these are really scum, you know they prey on people that shouldn't be picked on; grandparents and other frail and elderly people. It's a real shame," said Better Business Bureau President of Greater Iowa Chris Coleman. Police say they get about a half a dozen calls a week on this kind of a scam or some variation of it. "We see mostly that it would be either immigrants, because they don't have a real good grasp on banking here in the states, or the elderly because they're trusting," said Sgt. Ryan Doty of the Des Moines Police Department.