Elderly Americans lose billions of dollars each year in targeted scams, but one New York grandmother decided to turn the tables on an unsuspecting fraudster.
A 73-year-old woman from Seaford, Long Island -- who asked only to be identified by her first name, Jean -- received a suspicious call Thursday afternoon from a man claiming to be her grandson.
"I knew he was a real scammer ... I just knew he wasn't going to scam me," the former 911 dispatcher said.
The man on the other line said police arrested him for drunk driving and put him in jail.
"He started calling me grandma, and I don't have a grandson who drives, so I knew it was a scam," Jean told WCBS.
Even though she knew it was a hoax, the senior decided to play along. After several calls back and forth, a person claiming to be her grandson's lawyer said she needed to provide $8,000 for bail.
Meanwhile, Jean contacted police, and officers told her to play along with the scam. Soon after, a fake "bail bondsman" told her that he was in the neighborhood and could stop by her home to pick up the cash.
"I told him I had the money in the house, and I figure he's not going to fall for that," she said. "Well, he fell for it. Hook, line and sinker."
This grandma is a fucking BAD ASS. We'll get to her in a moment though. First, a tale.
A handful of years ago, I moved into my own apartment. I didn't feel like paying for a moving company, so I borrowed my dad's pickup to do the move on my own. Bad move by me, shoulda just coughed up the ~$500 or so. That said, my old roommate was keeping our old apartment to himself, so I could spread the move out over a few days instead of just one. Because of that, I had the pickup truck for a week or so.
That Monday, we had to be at the office at 8am to record a Bears post game show. Yes, this office:
I had a NIGHT the prior day. Like... I don't remember shit from the night before. I won't get into those details as you've been there too, so you don't need them. Anyways, on the way to work, I received a call from my dad. Figured it was just one of the standard "catch up" calls, but I was WRONG
He immediately started SCREAMING at me asking what the fuck I did the night before, called me an asshole, the whole 9. It was a berating 16 year old me knew all too well… but I was like 29 at the time. Hadn't gotten my ass handed to me like that by my old man in years.
But uhhhh wtf? How in the fuck do you know I drank entirely too much the night before? I was completely and totally perplexed because he was chewing me out for… get this… calling my grandma (who lives in NJ) and asking for $10,000 bail money for getting a DUI that Sunday.
My heart immediately sank. I was driving to work and because I had no idea what I even did the night before, I immediately thought to myself "maybe, just maybe I was a complete asshole and got a DUI, but just happened to wake up in my own bed." After a few moments of panic, I shook the cobwebs out and realized I didn't do anything close to drinking in driving. Checked my Uber history and everything.
I explained to him that it wasn't me and after convincing him I was telling the truth, he calmed down and told me he'd call me back. 5 mins later, he calls back and was just confused as I was. That's when we came to the conclusion that it was an attempted scam and we were the attempted victims.
So, he gets BACK on the phone with his ex-in law and tells her to NOT give a cent to whomever it was that called her. That it just some asshole looking to rip her off. She hadn't given him money yet, but fully planned on it. We stopped it though, so crisis averted, thank God.
I also remember briefly thinking it was a Stoolie fucking with me, but that's beside the point. In the end I found out it was just a simple scam. When we explained that to grandma so she wouldn't fork over $10,000 to the scumbag, we all had a good laugh over it. The part we laughed at most is my dad not really caring about my health or (fake) legal situation, but whether or not I crashed his truck in an act of drunken debauchery.
The point of the blog is this - thank god for this bad ass grandma. My grandma is much older than her and has been fighting dementia for years, so she was more or less helpless in our situation. Not this Long Island granny though - she took matters into her own hands and busted this fuck face not just for her, but for all the grandma's this fuckwad scammed. There's not a doubt in my mind he made out with 10s of 1000s of dollars taking advantage of old ladies who don't know this kinda shit exists in our fucked up world. I hope he left a cookie trail and is forced to repay every cent he ripped off.
Grandma Jean - myself and many others owe you one. You're a hero. Next round of decaf on me at Bingo night next week. I would pay the cool price of 50 (fifty) dollars to find out if this is the same guy who tried ripping my grandma off. It's not outside the realm of possibility. Same part of the country and all… kinda/sorta.
PS - the video perfectly encapsulates what bad ass Granny Jean is. Just casually saunters out of her house thinking, "yeah… gotcha bitch." It's as if she's watching her worst enemy die in front of her like she's Arya Stark or something. Cold blooded.