Jeffersonville man falls victim to 'grandparent scam,' is out thousands of dollars
A scammer pretended to be a Jeffersonville man's great-grandson. The believable story had the man sending the scammer money without question.
JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) – A Jeffersonville man is scammed and taken advantage of by someone posing as his great-grandson. Hoping that no one else is scammed out of thousands of dollars, he wanted to share his story as warning for others.
On Tuesday morning, Gil Daugherty was having a typical day until he got a strange phone call.
“This voice says, ‘Gilbert?’ And I say, ‘yes?’ They said just a moment and the next thing I know the voice said, ‘Grandpa?’ And I said, ‘Dayna?’” Daugherty recalled.
Dayna is Daugherty's great-grandson. Confused because of the strange number, he again asked who was on the phone.
“He said, Don't you know your great grandson?’ I said, ‘Oh Dayna, yeah. What's up?’ ‘He said I've got a problem.’” Daugherty said.
That person on the phone was not Dayna, but played on as if he was. He said he was in Las Vegas for a funeral and got into an accident after drinking two glasses of wine.
“He said, 'I made a mistake. I have to tell you, I can't tell mom and dad,'” Daugherty said.
The scammer said he needed $2,000 to be bailed out of jail.
“If I got that call 100 hundred times ... 100 hundred times I'd say it was my great-grandson,” Daugherty said.
So he sent the $2,000. When Daugherty got home the scammer called back and said he needed an additional $2,000. When he went back to the bank the manager thought it seemed suspicious.
The worker called the jail and found out no one with his great-grandson's name was being held there.
“I've heard this scam before but again emotions took over, I was shaking, I was crying,” Daugherty admitted.
The Attorney General's Office says criminals often get personal information from sites like Facebook. It also says not to put your family's names with their relationship to you on your profile.
As for Daugherty, he still can't believe he was scammed, but he's relieved his great-grandson is safe.
“Obviously it's embarrassing, but ... you know there are times when you have to bite your tongue and say hey, this may help somebody else,” he said.
Daugherty has since called police, but is unfortunately out the $2,000.
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, officials say to ask the scammer a question that only a relative would know and if they can't answer it, hang up.
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