A Southern Colorado grandma is warning others to be cautious if you get a desperate call for help from a loved one. It happened to her, and it turns out it's a scam.
The 91-year-old Colorado Springs woman got a call from a man who claimed to be her grandson. He told her he was in a car accident and had been arrested. He said he needed her to send him $4,000.
She tells 11 News the caller is very convincing. She believed that her grandson was in trouble and needed her help, so she did what he said.
The next day, the scammer called again and asked for more money. Once again, the victim complied thinking she was helping her grandson.
Now, she says she is frustrated she fell for the scam. She hopes by sharing her story, it helps prevent someone else from becoming a victim.
"I'm just angry with myself that I didn't realize it," said the woman. "Check it out before you do anything, follow through. It might be legitimate, and then again like with me, it wasn't."
Her daughter tells 11 News the crime has been hard on the entire family, but especially on her mom.
"I don't think I've ever heard her that upset in her voice," the victim's daughter said. "She was just beside herself. And she was so convinced by the scammer that she had me convinced."
In this case, the scammer didn't ask for cash. He asked the victim to put the money on a Green Dot MoneyPak card.
It's a trend that the 11 Call For Action team is seeing more often.
The cards can be used just like debit cards. However, the money
can't be tracked, and your bank can't help you recover any of the money you lose.
If you are contacted by a scammer, the experts suggest asking questions that only a real family member would know the answers to. That could help you decide if the person on the phone is who they say they are.
If you receive a suspicious call and would like the 11 Call For Action Team to investigate, call 719-457-8211.