Would-be scammer meets his match in savvy grandma

Everyone has heard of the grandparent phone scam, where a person phones up a senior citizen and claims to be the person’s grandchild, needing cash sent to them right away.

When such a fraudster phoned tech savvy Langley grandmother Margaret Greenwood, that person met their match.

Greenwood was actually Skyping with her grandson at the time the scammer phoned.

“This fella phoned me up and said he was my grandson,” said Greenwood.

“He said, ‘I hate to ask you gramma, but I was in a car accident on the Island and I need money’.”

The scammer even knew her grandson’s name.

Because she was on the computer with her grandson, she texted her grandson to say “are you in two places right now, because someone is claiming to be you.’”

Greenwood said she “let him do his spiel while relaying the whole thing to my real grandson.

“This guy said he was at the jail and needed money to get out.”

She told him to call back. He never did.

In the meantime, she called police and let them know of what was happening.

“I’m not going to let this twerp get away with this,” she said.

While the caller didn’t pull off the scam with Greenwood, the “grandparent” scam has bilked dozens of seniors out of thousands of dollars locally, said Langley RCMP.

The scam is still very active in Langley.

One elderly lady lost more than $5,000.

“I live in an area of a lot of seniors. Some are timid and may feel pressured to give the money.

“I want them to read this and maybe they will know this is a scam if someone calls claiming to be their grandson.”

If anyone calls claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter who needs you to wire cash to a money transfer site like Western Union, never do it.

Call family, call your grandchild, and let them know what is happening, and then call police at 604-532-3200.

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