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Old 03-18-11, 10:42 PM   #1
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Scams on the elderly and Western Union

Unfortunately, a well-organized group took my mom for several thousand dollars. Got her to wire, two times today, money to a name in the Dominican Republic. Needless to say I am fuming. What I'd like to know is there any recourse? Here's more fuel for the fire. Late this afternoon the police were notified of the finally-realized scam. Sure enough the person called back for a third time. My mom mouths to the present officer that yes this is the same person on the phone. The police officer takes the phone and promptly discloses who they are, at which point the caller says no no, they were just calling for a "survey". Dumbest---cop---ever!

She received a call from someone who knew how to push the right buttons...posed as a nephew in dire need of funds...in an accident...in jail yada yada. Red flags were raining all over the place but apparently my mom being the soft-hearted loving grandma did her all and then some for her "nephew" without pondering to think level-headed for a second. Ugh! Good thing I don't own a gun, nor know where these people are right now.
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See "Action Fraud" at this link
http://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx#item-3

Unfortunately, there's little recourse with wire transfer, I'm sorry to say.
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Are you saying you want me to wire you money to buy a gun?
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at least check the phone records to see if the calling party was using a US line or cell phone?
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Thanks for the link Tom. It's suspected that they used something like a Tracfone.

It's not so much the quantity that was scammed as was the taking advantage of a trusting soul that p's me off to no end.


I don't think I'd need anything but my hands right now to do justice if I could just locate the d-bags.
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You need me to wire money for new hands?
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Sure, ten grand should cover it. And if those hands could have a sixer of some of CO's best barley pop that'd be even better
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It does sound like you could use one about now.

I'm just glad it was only money and that your Mom is OK.
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One?

Yeah, that's how my sister started out the tale. "First off, Mom is ok". I'll talk to her today to reassure her that lots of people get taken in large part because the ******** are very good at talking the talk, not allowing time for the victim to get a grip.
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Sorry to read all of this Skijor. I hope these scum bags get caught and sent to prison, however, they seem to be hard to catch.

Maybe your Mom should change her phone number to an unlisted number, seems that she is on the criminal's A list now.
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It's hard to believe there are such scumbags out there doing stuff like that.
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Sorry to read all of this Skijor. I hope these scum bags get caught and sent to prison, however, they seem to be hard to catch.

Maybe your Mom should change her phone number to an unlisted number, seems that she is on the criminal's A list now.
She's at the point where she can talk about it without crying now. But she can't help but kick herself since she had just recently read about other incidents like this and swore she'd never be one of 'those' people. The guy at the local Check n Go (or some similar biz with a Western Union service) even asked her, "Are you sure about this?" Gotta give credit to him. The dirtbag even suggested that if questioned in this manner when wiring the money, to respond with "it's a family matter" obviously to dissuade such intervention.
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