In Quincy, Massachusetts there is a cab driver who saved an 87 year old grandmother thousands of dollars, and it wasn’t even his!
Richard Spencer drives for yellow-cab in Quincy and he picked up a passenger who mentioned something that he found to be unusual. She was heading to a store to buy thousands of dollars in gift cards. “I said to her, I think you’re being scammed and I’m going to try to save you some money,” Spencer said. At the police station she told them she had received a call from someone claiming her Grandson was in trouble and needed the money to stay out of jail. This is a fairly common scam being played on the elderly and police were able to stop her from giving more money to these scam artists, sadly she had already lost $4000.00 to it, police say it could have been much, much worse.
Police also had some comments to those following this story who might work at retail stores which sell gift cards: “Cashiers, etc: If you work in an environment that sells gift cards, take a moment to ask yourself: Does this make sense? Why would an 87-year-old individual need $4,000 in gift cards to this particular store/app? Ask questions. Sure, there may be a legitimate reason, but if you take the time and ask the questions, you just might prevent someone from falling victim.”
As for Richard Spencer? He had this to say: “I have an 87-year-old mother and I would hate if someone didn’t look out for her like this,” Spencer said. “These are senior citizens — your mothers and your fathers, your grandmothers, your grandfathers. I think it’s one of the scummiest things that you can do.”
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If you believe you have been contacted by or been the victim of a similar, or any, scam you should visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or contact your local police.
Story and Image from CBS Boston.