How can we bring down these scumbag phone scammers?
April 11, 2011 11:06 AM Subscribe
Someone just called my grandfather claiming to be me, and tried to scam him out of several thousand dollars. Should we report this, and if so, to whom?
posted by I, Slobot to law & government (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Someone called my grandparents with this this number
on the caller ID. I'm a California resident, and that happens to be my area code so that lent some credibility at first. The story was given that a friend, "David", had died, and I was in Canada for the funeral. While there, I'd been in a car with others that was pulled over, and drugs were found in the car. Apparently he sounded enough like me that they almost got him. The scammer was asking for $5,900 to be wired in order to post bond. Fortunately my Grandpa pressed on, asked to speak with an officer, who ended up being pushy and unprofessional enough to set off alarm bells. Long story short, they didn't end up getting anything, but I can't help but feel a little violated that someone used my close relationship with my grandparents and a few personal details to try to take advantage of them.
Is it worth reporting the incident, and if so, to whom? Thanks.