Letter | Grandparents, beware of scam calls

07/20/2014 12:00 AM

07/18/2014 9:12 PM

On July 11 at 1:30 p.m., I received a phone call from "Officer Long" of the Charlotte, N.C. police that our grandson, had been ticketed for DUI and was being held in the Charlotte jail. The fine is $2,500. We should go to CVS or Kroger's and purchase five $500 MoneyPak cards, scratch off the numbers and phone to him at 514/431-5596.

Upon receipt of this information, Brian would be released from jail and the DUI charge would be dropped. If the seller of the cards should question why such a large amount, tell them they are gifts for relatives and/or friends. "Office Long" then asked how soon I would get back to him. I replied “within the hour.”

At 2:30 p.m., "Officer Long" phoned again stating this was a courtesy call and he was wanting to help the family and how soon could the money be sent. I replied I was working on it. I questioned him why he was calling from area code 514 in as much as that is a Montreal, Can., number. His response was it was less expensive for them to use that area code.

At 3:15 p.m. I received a call from "Deputy Foster" stating “this has been going on for over 45 minutes, are you going to send the money, yes or no. … I have to go off shift soon, so hurry up" (he was very rude). My response was, I needed answers to some questions and upon receiving them would act accordingly.

I then phoned the Charlotte police department and asked if they had ticketed my grandson and/or had him in jail for a DUI. Their response was no, this is a scam.

On Sunday I received a call at 11:30 a.m. from "Officer Mortimer" that Brian was still in jail. I then informed him that I had contacted the Charlotte police department and before I could finish he said he was going to check with them and call me back Monday morning.

Such a call never came. Needless to say, they were aware I was wise to their scam. My reason for writing is to warn the many senior citizens in the area how vulnerable they could be and beware.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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