Sunday, September 27, 2009

Scam to be on the lookout for

Mitch recieved a call yesterday from his grandma. He hasn't talked to her in a long time, but as he said, you don't forget your grandmother's voice. He greeted her excitedly. She sounded confused, "Mitch?" Apparently she had received a call from "Mitch" earlier Saturday. He claimed he was in Ontario, in a rental car, on his way to visit a friend. He said his car had a blown out tire and he needed money right away. He needed a LARGE sum of money (large by my standards...can think of a few things I'd like to buy with that much money) wired to him immediately. Couldn't take a debit card, needed cash.

Thankfully our story has a happy ending. I think it is incredibly unfortunate that it happened at all, and who can measure what kind of stress that put Mitch's grandma through? We are so grateful for her willingness to help Mitch. That lets us know just how much she cares for us, even though we haven't kept in touch like we should. :)

We are unsure at this point whose information has been stolen (Mitch's or his grandma's).

This is just a good reminder that it only takes a couple extra minutes to verify information. What would have happened if Mitch's grandma hadn't called our house? If you were to receive a similar call, what would you do? Hopefully it will be someone you recognize immediately. Otherwise, it's a good idea to double check.

1 comment:

  1. Hi - I wanted to comment and let you know I'm happy Mitch's grandmother didn't fall for the scam. As far as getting the two relatives information, maybe its possible I could have been retreived from one of those ancestry websites. I punched in my paternal grandfather's name and a few relatives, including my uncle (but none of his 6 siblings) showed up. But it didn't list (at least in the free part of the search) who was alive or the relation. But you could almost punch in a name at random and have the info to pull this kind of scam. Hopefully this guy will get caught! Take care.