Scammers s*ck

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by thebritt, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    I just found out that my 76 yr old mom has been sending $$ to some shmoe in Jamaica! This is the same guy who told her 3 months ago (via cell phone call) that she had won a new Mercedes and $1.3 million! I googled the Mercedes scam and printed out the results, showing her that it is fraudulent. She said she'd change her phone #, and was glad she hadn't totally fallen for it. Well, she didn't change her #, and a friend of my DD who works at a bank told DD that G'ma has been in, sending $$$$ to Jamaica! [​IMG] Mom does'nt know exactly how much she's spent, but I am seriously concerned that this a-hole has gotten info about her trust acc't, which she really needs. She's taken out at least one loan, for $250 - and has had to borrow gas money twice in the last 2 weeks. She lives on our property (MIL house). She's always been so prudent with her finances. She was a registered nurse in pediatrics for 35 yrs, and continues as a caregiver for people older than her. I wish I had one of those army drones to take this guy out!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    BTW - The scammer goes by the name of James Thomas.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Have you called the police? If not, do it NOW.
  3. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Quote:On the first incident, we actually called the U.S. Trade commission - they're the ones who told her it was a scam. We'll do that again. That's who the police said to contact.
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Money aside, Gramma needs to go see the neurologist and make sure she is not showing the early stages of dementia.
    I hope it is not that.
    I hope it is just a soft heart .
    Sorry about all of this.
  5. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008

    good plan!!! and before she makes a HUGE mistake I would talk with other family as well as her and see if you can get a restriction on her bank account limiting how much she can take out in a day without a co-signing signature... and you may want to think about POA...

  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    Power of Attorney.
    Bless her heart. I hate people that prey on older folks, children and animals.
    I hope you get your mom's money back somehow and I hope that the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of the scammer.
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    I definitely agree that she needs to be checked for competency. Tell her you are concerned about her decisiosn, listing these two scams and ask her to see her physician to be screened to see if there is anything medically wrong. Make sure to tell the doctor about these incidents and ask him to check her for competancy. Depending on how cooperative your mom is, that may be enough; if not, you may need to proceed more formally if there seem to be any competency issues.
  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I know what you are going through and it's not easy. Go easy on grandma, she needs some reassurance that she is still in control. Good luck. [​IMG]
  9. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Sounds like you might need to be the guardian or get power of attorney to keep an eye on her funds. I hate scammers too.
  10. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Another possibility is that she could feel threatened in some way if she does not send the money. Either way, it really does sound like it's past time that she needs protection from those that prey on the vulnerable. Poor mamma. [​IMG] And they never catch these people.

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