Scam Alert

Scam averted! The police department was called yesterday to Central Bank for an elderly female that was being scammed. The officer met with the manager, who reported the customer had received a call from a man who identified himself as her grandson. The individual told her he had been in an accident in St. Louis and needed over $5,000 to get out of jail because he hit a diplomat. The officer spoke with the customer. She told him the caller didn’t sound like her grandson, and when she told the man this, he became upset and said he severely hurt his neck and was having trouble talking. Another man who identified himself as a lawyer came on the phone and told the customer to get the money and return home within an hour. He would then call her with further instructions. He told her several times she was “under oath” and not to tell anyone. The bank contacted the customer’s daughter and grandson. The grandson spoke with his grandma and assured her everything was fine and he was not in jail or injured. The officer told the customer the scammer would probably call her back. The officer spoke to her later in the day and learned the scammer did indeed call her back. She told him where she thought he could go in the next life. 😳 The police would like to compliment the bank staff on how they handled this situation. Unfortunately, people fall prey to these scams too often. Fortunately, this one had a happy ending.

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