Every person knows that the festive season of Christmas is a time for giving – unfortunately many people fall victim to scammers during this period of the year.
These scammers prey on individuals who have very big hearts and take advantage of their generous nature. It truly is a shame, simply because the people they take advantage of, are just trying to help others.
A grandpa from Cincinnati, Ohio, was one such victim. He was about to gift more than $2000 to a person he had never met before. But thankfully, a guardian angel intervened and stopped him from making a terrible mistake just in the nick of time.
When Cecil Rodgers was preparing to spend Christmas with his loving family he received a very unusual phone call.
The person on the phone claimed to be none other than his eldest grandson.
“A voice comes on and says, ‘Papaw, this is your oldest grandson. I’m in trouble,’” Cecil said.
In the conversation that followed, his grandson said he had been in a car accident.
“He said, ‘I hit a woman’s car and she was seven months pregnant. And they charged me with drunken driving and I’m in jail,’” Cecil continued.
As the conversation continued, his “grandson” handed the phone over to a “lawyer.”
The so called “lawyer” informed Cecil he was trying to get his grandson out of jail. But he would be unable to do so unless he could get bail money as soon as possible. The “lawyer” told Cecil the bail money required was $2,300 and to head down to his local Walmart straight away. From there he would be able to transfer the money to a Walmart near to where his “grandson” was in jail.
Cecil, being the generous man he is wanted to help his grandson out of this dilemma. He immediately set off to the nearest ATM and then to a nearby Walmart to complete the transfer.
Luckily for Cecil, a guardian angel would intervene before he made this fatal error.
Upon hearing Cecil’s story, Walmart cashier Audrella Taylor immediately became suspicious.
“He said something about somebody was locked up in jail, he got a call, and he needed to send $2,000,” she said.
Audrella who had worked at Walmart for more than five years knew Cecil was about to be scammed – and she would not allow him to transfer the money.
“I said, ‘I am going to refuse the sender. I’m not going to let you send that money. I think you are being scammed,’” Audrella continued.
She then told Cecil to go home and ask other family members if the story was in fact true and there had been an accident.
Cecil took this advice and went home, after inquiring with other family members – it turned out there had been no accident.
Why did Cecil not do this before he rushed to transfer money one must ask? The scammers were very clever in their approach and told him not to tell a single soul about the situation.
Cecil was very lucky Audrella was working that day, she stopped him from making a grave error and falling for the scam. The money meant a lot to Cecil and he could not really afford to part with it.
All thanks to Audrella for saving Cecil from being scammed out of his hard earned cash. Please Share this story with your family and friends, this could easily of been your grandparent. Lets spread the word on this vile scam.