Grandpa Almost Gets Scammed After Call From So-Called Grandson

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

What would you do if your kid or grandchild called to say they were in jail and needed money to get out? It's just one of the latest scams.

A Colorado Springs grandpa was almost out $3,000. Beck Bechtelheimer says someone called him Friday morning claiming to be his grandson. The caller said his voice wasn't the same because he was sick. He told Beck he'd been in an accident and needed cash fast or he'd be stuck in jail.

"He said they did a breathalyzer and he had a beer. He was in jail and said he had an accident in a rental car. He said it was not my fault, but I have to pay for the damage of the car because of the presence of alcohol," said Bechtelheimer.

Beck was just about to give him the money, but he remembered seeing a similar story on 11 News back in January about another grandpa who also got a call from someone pretending to be his grandson, so Beck called Tyler on his cell.

"I say, ‘Tyler, how are you?’ He said, ‘Well, I am at Nissan, working away.’ ‘I said, ‘glad to hear that.’"

His grandson hadn't been in an accident at all. He knew it was a scam right then. When the scammer called again, this time, he pretended to be the grandson's attorney. "He had a so-called police report, a case number, and he told me where the accident happened," said Bechtelheimer.

After Bechtelheimer asked too many questions, the lawyer hung up.

"We were that close to spending $3,000," said Bechtelheimer. He says he's just glad he didn't fall for it.

If you get a call like this where it could be a grandchild, ask them personal and unique questions that only he or she will know.

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  • by anon Location: cs on May 15, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    I'm glad to see this story that KKTV had aired aback in January with the same scam has been brought up again! It's very unfortunate that people short of money are trying anything possible to get money from unfortunate victims, especially the elderly! I'm glad Mr. Bechtelheimer didn't fall for this and brought it to the attention of the media once again! I hope many other people realize this could be a scam and to take extra precautions to prevent anyone else from falling for this!! Yhank you KKTV for bringing this up again!
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