LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- 87 years old doesn't come without a lifetime of work, and Archie White was enjoying the relaxation of his golden years. That is until a recent phone call from someone he thought was his grandson, Ricky.
"[He] said he'd been involved in an accident and arrested for DUI, and that he needed to post bond by noon," White said.
The cost was $2,500, and White went into a bit of a panic.
"We're not rich people," he said.
However, no grandfather wants his grandson to sit in jail. He checked his checking account. There was barely enough.
A man claiming to be Ricky's lawyer told White to go to a Walmart, and wire the money. He did, it went through, and he got back on the phone a bit later to make sure his grandson was okay.
"He said, 'I haven't been involved in an accident,' so that's when I realized I had been ripped off," White said.
A narrative of what happened is now on file with the FBI, but it's hardly the first time a senior has fallen victim to this type of call.
"Unfortunately the grandparent scam is something that happens nation wide, and for a lot of people. Sometimes they come out with just a few dollars, and sometimes it's thousands of dollars," Mindy Eaton, with the Better Business Bureau, said.
For White, it's lesson learned, but not before a few more words for the scammers.
"You've done the worst thing you can do to old people. I hope God takes his retribution on you," White said.
Here are tips to keep in mind the next time your phone rings:
- Don't feel rushed
- Never give any information over the phone
- Investigate the story
- Avoid wiring money
If you have been scammed, report it to the BBB.
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