If it had not been for the sharp instincts of a Walmart employee, another unsuspecting senior may have been conned out of their savings because of a cleverly executed scam.
Cecil Rodgers of Cincinnati, Ohio has been looking forward to spending Christmas with his family this year – until he received a phone call from someone claiming to be his oldest grandson.
“A voice comes on and says, ‘Papaw, this is your oldest grandson. I’m in trouble,’” Rodgers told WCPO. “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.’”
Rodger’s “grandson” then put a lawyer on the phone who instructed the senior to send him $2,300 for a bail bond through a direct store-to-store money transfer.
Fearing for his grandson’s wellbeing, Rodgers headed to Walmart with the money in hand.
Before he was able to make the transfer, however, Rodgers briefly mentioned his grandson’s situation to Audrella Taylor, the Walmart clerk who was managing his transaction.
Taylor sensed that something was amiss. She told Rodgers to go home and call his other family members to see if anyone else had heard about his grandson’s accident.
They had not.
Rodgers says that he is not a wealthy man; which is why he is relieved to be spending Christmas with his family without having to worry about the financial pitfalls that would come from losing $2,300 – and it’s all thanks to Taylor’s quick-thinking.
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