To the Editor:
My phone rang and out of the blue, I was greeted with, “Hi, Grandma.” I was so surprised and answered with his name and he said he had an accident, it wasn’t serious but there was an open bottle of alcohol in the back seat and they were holding him, the fine $3,500. He was pleading for me to help him. His parents weren’t home and besides he was embarrassed so didn’t want anyone else to know about this. I kept telling him, “No, I just can’t,” over and over, but he kept pleading. He said I could talk to the officer and he would explain how I could “help.” The other party, “Officer Johnson” got on the line, telling me the same story and that I would have my money back the same day. “How much could you send?” First it was half of the fine, then he said $1,000 would work, could I get that without anyone at the bank asking questions? Cash only. Then I was to take it to a well known drug store in Des Moines and purchase two $500 Green Money Pac Vouchers and bring them back home. I assume he would then tell me the next step when he called an hour later. I was getting skeptical and told him so. He kept reassuring me I would have my money back that same day. In the meantime, my son who had heard my end of the conversation was saying, “No. No. No.” But Grandmothers are kindhearted and it hurt to think I wouldn’t help my grandson. My son then called my son-in-law who is in law enforcement and had him call me asap. Soon I was telling him what had happened. He said it sounded like a scam, he would call my grandson and see what it was all about. My grandson knew nothing about it and was home getting ready for work. This is in Michigan. I had gotten the phone number of “Officer Johnson” in case I had a problem getting the money, etc. although he said he would call me. My son in law called that number, it was in Manitoba, Canada. Not in Michigan where this was supposedly happening. He also advised me to call the Dallas County Sheriff and tell them what had happened. They would send an officer out to get particulars. About an hour after the first “grandson” call, my phone rang. It was “Officer Johnson” I assume ready to ask if I had the money. He didn’t get a chance. I told him I didn’t believe a word of his story and I had alerted the Dallas County Sheriff. I was shaking it was so upsetting. I told him never to call me again.
So, be warned. Even though I didn’t lose my $1,000, I could have. How many other potential victims are out there who aren’t as skeptical?