Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 81

Thread: My mom got SCAMMED big time!

  1. #1
    Super Member Kimkankwilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Saugus, CA
    Posts
    1,311
    Warning...to folks who's mental capacity may not be quite what it used to be...

    Some background...my mom was in an accident several years ago & sustained a head injury that has impaired her memory and her decision making capabilities. So, my brother lives with her to help out & make sure all is well. Last Thursday, they got a call from a guy who lied and said he was my son, in Spain, got in accident and needs money wired asap. Long story short, she's out $7000.00....so, if anybody has a suggestion on how she can get her money back, please let me know.

  2. #2
    Power Poster sewnsewer2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    16,682
    Call the police and report it!

  3. #3
    Super Member MellieKQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,262
    If the money was wired, its gone. :( She can contact the police, but the people that end up with the money are quick and slick... her chances of recovery are slim to none. Sorry to not have more hope for you, however, I work in the banking industry and have seen this situation before.

    If it was just wired yesterday or today, they can ask the bank to do a retrival, that it was sent based on fraudulent terms... if it is still wherever it ended up, she may get it back.

  4. #4
    Super Member Kimkankwilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Saugus, CA
    Posts
    1,311
    Did...not much they can do since my mom gave Western Union cash and it was out of the country. We're hoping the guy had to show ID to get the money from Western Union, but he was a pretty smart guy, probably had fake ID.

  5. #5
    Power Poster cjomomma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Murray, Ky. Looking for a nice cushy pillow to rest my head on!
    Posts
    15,937
    Blog Entries
    2
    That's an aweful shame. Those kind of people will rot in @$&@. Atleast you can find relief in that.

  6. #6
    Super Member MellieKQuilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,262
    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    That's an aweful shame. Those kind of people will rot in @$&@. Atleast you can find relief in that.
    Whats really sad is how many of those people are out there... and prey on the elderly. We have had to tell people to change their numbers because people will harass them to the point of breaking.

    Kimkankwilt:
    Actually.. you may want to change your Mom's number. Once they get some one to bite on a scam, good bet they will keep her number and try again. :( :(

  7. #7
    Super Member maryb119's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    6,725
    Contact the police and change the number. Once the money is sent, it's gone. These people know just what to say and they seem to have a lot of information that they can answer any question asked of them. It's really scary!

  8. #8
    Super Member Jazzmyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    New Mexico
    Posts
    4,243
    So SORRY this happened to your Mother. These people that do this prey not only on the elderly they will try it with anyone they can. The sad thing is that they may try it again since she fell for it once they may figure they can get more money from her again so be careful.

    About a month ago I had a phone call..blocked number..answered anyway...male voice said...Hi Grandma...well red flag...I DO have grandsons BUT they are 13-8 & 5 and the voice certainly was older. I said who is this....he says Michael...another red flag as I don't have a Michael grandson....I said Hello...Hello..he says bad connection Hello Hello and the phone went dead. I feel like it was one of those scams...could of been wrong number but if that is the case why didn't he say sorry wrong number?

    You just have to be so careful now days and that is sad.

  9. #9
    Guest
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Cypress, Texas
    Posts
    4,743
    This happened to a friend at church...except he knew everything about the family, even recent death of dog and nicknames of other members. Police said that are rooms of people watching Facebook just looking to run this same scam. They prey on out of town Grandparents and aunts/uncles. Friend said it never entered her mind to call her daughter's house and check on gs until the jerk called back the next day for more money. Guess who answered the phone...the gs who was supposedly in bad accident several states away. Creeps!!

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Merced, CA
    Posts
    4,230
    Blog Entries
    1
    You should have some private, and I mean PRIVATE codes that your family will respond to. For instance, our kids were told to never, at any time, accept rides from anyone who did not know the name of our animals..Zabo and Warlock, the cats, and an even more private code, which changed after being used just once.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Radiana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    502
    I got two of those letters for people I knew and had them in my email address books. I also figured out that it had to be from facebook because when I joined facebook I saw that they had accounts. Actually I think Facebook needs to take some responsibility in at least involving the FBI in this.

    What about your mother's bank didn't they question such a large check our money transfer? Hopefully something can be done about this but in any case it's time for you or your berother to get financial power of attorney.

    So sorry this happened, I will say a prayer that this all works out. God bless.

  12. #12
    Super Member GwynR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Spokane, Wa
    Posts
    1,200
    FIL answered the phone one day to someone saying "Hi Grandpa, guess who this is." Of course grandpa guessed one of his grandsons and the guy said yes. Fortunately grandma is stingy and said call back. In the meantime she called EVERYONE asking where Eric was because Eric was not answering his phone. Poor 15 yr old kid was in school all along, but his grandparents pretty much believed a good bit of the story.
    These scam artists are really good at tricking people.

  13. #13
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,297
    There was a case here in Australia which made our news yesterday. Similar kind of thing, except the guy told the elderly lady he was from the Tax Office and needed her to send money, then her refund would be released. He also told her not to tell her family, she actually sent several "lots" of money via bank transfer. I think the total sum was around $50,000 (she had even taken out a $15,000.00 bank loan).

    Seems these ratbags are the world over, best change your Mom's number to a silent/unlisted service and have your brother or yourself co-sign her banking/financial transactions. This may be more comfortable for her than giving over total control or power of attorney.

    Sorry this happened to you and yours and I hope these disgusting thieves get their punishment in the foulest way possible.

  14. #14
    pnptrapp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Sorento, IL
    Posts
    364
    They do get a lot of their information from facebook, but these scams have been going on long before facebook was ever around!

    I'm really sorry to hear about your mom's loss. Have you talked to western Union? Maybe they have a partial refund policey?

  15. #15
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,769
    Blog Entries
    2
    Yes report it but you may also want to change things at her Bank where it takes two signatures to move money at all. it's time.

  16. #16
    Senior Member sgardner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    North Ogden, Utah
    Posts
    550
    Sorry to hear your story. Along with calling the police, contact the news. After the story goes public, sometimes your community will rally around the victim to help them recover what was stolen from them.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Phenix City, Alabama
    Posts
    891
    do make a police report. in order to claim a loss on your taxes, you have to have a police report and your reciepts for the cash sent. then next year, claim it on taxes and you'll get most of it back. that may be a little help.

  18. #18
    Super Member babyfireo4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Peru, Indiana
    Posts
    1,567
    Blog Entries
    2
    how horrible. I am so sorry this happened to your mom.

  19. #19
    Super Member IrelandDragonQuilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Limbo
    Posts
    2,032
    oh I am so sorry that your mom was subject to these jackals! Perhaps if you do go public you can prevent it from happening to another. Please let everyone know that even though facebook can be a lot of fun it is also a dangerous place. ***SIGH*** Too bad there are not 7000 people who could all send a dollar.

  20. #20
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,923
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by MellieKQuilter
    Kimkankwilt:
    Actually.. you may want to change your Mom's number. Once they get some one to bite on a scam, good bet they will keep her number and try again. :( :(
    this is TRUE..they got my FIL for over $30K....they were in CAnada and the FBI knew it and could do nothing to get the money back..

    if they said they were YOUR son...then they also know about YOUR family....it was someone who has access to HER private info...take her offline asap and get someone to be in charge of her bank account..
    once they got my FIL's info they hit his bank within a week!

  21. #21
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,923
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039
    do make a police report. in order to claim a loss on your taxes, you have to have a police report and your reciepts for the cash sent. then next year, claim it on taxes and you'll get most of it back. that may be a little help.
    this is so true...unfortunately WU is notorious for these scams and should NEVER be used!

  22. #22
    Power Poster blueangel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    20,480
    It's too bad there has to be scum bags out there preying on the elderly.

  23. #23
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Enid, OK
    Posts
    8,923
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    It's too bad there has to be scum bags out there preying on the elderly.
    they did not know who was answering the phone, they just got a number from somewhere and called it...IF they did know her..that is even scarier!

  24. #24

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Greater KC MO
    Posts
    50
    I am so sorry to hear this. Your poor Mother these people are really sick.

  25. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,611
    Blog Entries
    1
    We are lucky with my 87 year old Mom who is a widow. Even though she lives alone and is still bright and alert and can take care of most of her own banking, etc, one or more of my brothers and I check up on her daily. She gets constant reminders to Just say "No." If she has any questions about anything, the oldest of my younger brothers has power of attorney and helps with them. God Bless your Mom and may this never happen to her, again. :) yes they will pay for their rotten actions as cjmomma wrote.

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.