I would like to alert the public about a horrible scam that unfortunately I fell prey to and lost $2700.00. I am aware of a lot of scams but sadly not this one and they got me good.
This past Friday I got a phone call. It was the voice of my grandson in Lakewood. He said grandma this is David (name changed). I went to a party, had an extra drink and drove home under the influence. This resulted in a car accident and was then arrested for alcohol levels 1% over the limit. I also broke my nose again. (Incidentally David had surgery this past summer to repair his broken nose.) Please don’t call my parents I don’t want them to know I need you to bail me out of jail.
The next thing I know he puts his “lawyer” on the phone and insists I pay $2700.00 to bail him out asap.
Being so close to shabbos I was a nervous wreck. He instructed me that this must remain a secret so no one will hurt my grandson David. I couldn’t call my daughter because my grandson begged me not to also and I didn’t want to cause further harm, at least until he got home.
He sent me on a wild goose chase all over Brooklyn for 3 hours to get enough Visa cards.
To make a long story short I was extremely physically, mentally and emotionally sick the whole shabbos.
On motzei shabbos I called my daughter and that’s when we realized I was scammed.
This scammer somehow got a hold of a voice that sounds exactly like my grandsons, knew where my grandson lives in NJ, knew he had nose surgery and knew my Phone number in Brooklyn.
My grandson lives and learns in Lakewood and knows absolutely no one who would do this.
The call was traced to Nova Scotia, Canada.
Some of you may laugh how I fell prey to this, but when it’s your grandsons voice it sounded very real and urgent you don’t really think straight.
Please beware of this scam and don’t fall prey like I did.
***YWN NOTES: Multiple articles have in the past been published by YWN regarding this scam and many others very similar to this.***
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