THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Tales from the old-timer
Issue Date: May 9, 2012
How cunning those scammers be! On Tuesday, May 3 our phone rang about 11 AM. I was home alone and a young boy, calling me Grampa, said he was driving a friends car and ran into somebody and the other car was damaged. It sure sounded like my grandson, Aaron, and the voice sounded like extreme tension, extreme stress.
I asked him why he was driving, since he is in drivers education class at Marinette High School as a freshman, and has no drivers license yet, and his voice almost broke. Please, Grampa, dont scold, dont yell at me! This is an emergency!
He told me it would take $2,000 and it has to be wired from a store in Menominee. The voice I took to be Aaron told me the police were involved but he was not in jail but was in a sort of detention room. I was experiencing a rising panic - worry, fear.
I called his mom, my daughter, Amy, who lives next door, and I called the Sheriff Department. I was told it is a recently new kind of scam.
About 15 minutes later Amy called and told me she contacted both of her boys and both were in school! Its as a scam, Dad! Did you call the Sheriff!
It took a long time for the burden of panic to subside, and sweet relief take over. How did these people know the relationships in my family! How did they know that my grandson was a student in Mrs. Albrights Drivers Ed class. That made it seem so real.
Aarons mom kept her cool and made the right phone calls that killed the scam. I was sure we would be able to raise the $2,000 on short notice, until the whole scam exploded with Amys timely phone call to the school.
How could they fool a shrewd college-educated old geezer like me! But they sure did!