Scammers show ineptitude, disorganization in phone scam

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

When Gladys received a phone call Tuesday afternoon from a young man pretending to be her grandson, injured and needing help, the Boise resident knew it was a hoax.

She didn’t recognize the phone number on her caller ID, knew her grandson’s whereabouts, and had only recently read about the grandparent scam in the BBB news alerts.

“I didn’t fall for it,” she says.

On Wednesday afternoon, she received a similar call from the same phone number. She says she was bold.

“I simply said, ‘My other grandson called from this same phone yesterday, and he sounded much worse than you. And, I already gave him all my money,'” she says.

The scam caller, frazzled, hanged up.


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