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Last December, an 81-year-old Cincinnati grandfather received a call ?that sent my life into a tailspin and conned me out of $7,000 in what I now know was a phone scam,? he told the Senate Select Committee on Aging at a hearing on Wednesday.

?The caller had a young voice and said, ?Grandpa, this is your favorite grandson.? To which I replied, ?I have six grandsons and they?re all my favorites,?? the scam victim, ?Roger W.,? testified on Wednesday.

When the caller said he was the oldest grandson, the grandfather reflexively replied, ?Tighe, how are you?? The grandson explained he had gotten into some trouble during a trip, needed money to get out of jail, ?and I don?t want Mom and Dad to know about this,? he added. ?Talk to this police officer.?

As this increasingly sinister charade unfolded, a so-called ?police officer? got on the phone to tell the shocked grandparent he should go to Walmart or CVS and ?load a total of $3,000 into Green Dot Moneypak cards in $1,000 denominations,? Roger W. said, ?and that I needed cash to purchase the cards.?

Distressed about his grandson?s predicament and desperate to help, Roger W. (who wanted his privacy maintained for fear of being further victimized) cashed a check for $3,000 ?at my bank and went to Walmart and bought three MoneyPak cards, each loaded with $1,000 dollars. I returned home and called the police officer at a number with a 438 area code ? the area code for Montreal, Canada ? and gave him the scratch-off numbers on the MoneyPak cards.?

But the scammers needed another $4,000 to complete the transaction. It was only after sending additional money that Roger W. finally called other family members about his grandson?s situation. When he reached his actual grandson on the phone and learned he was safe and sound ? and hadn?t asked for money ? Roger W. realized he?d been sucker-punched.

He called the Cincinnati police, the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission, but even more than six months later, ?I?m not sure what they?ve been able to do about it,? he said Wednesday.


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These people need to be extradited to Singapore for a year or so of daily canings :angry:

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Seniors should get a return phone number, to confirm the 'story'.

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