CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A Southern Oregon woman is saved from a phone scam that almost cost her more than a thousand dollars.
A man posing as the woman’s grandson called her, asking for money to be wired to Greece help him get out of jail, but Western Union employees thought it was suspicious and stopped the transfer before the scam artists got that money.
By now, many of us have heard of the common scams – a Nigerian prince or the long-lost relative asking for money for one reason or another – but when a Southern Oregon senior got multiple calls from a lawyer that her grandson was in jail overseas, she decide to wire him bail money.
The woman involved does not want her identity revealed because she’s scared she will be scammed again, but she says someone posing as her grandson and an attorney at the American Embassy in Greece continually called and said she needed to transfer the money through an online service called RIA. When that didn’t work, she went to a Western Union cashier and sent the money through.
Employees there recognized the scam and stopped the transfer; that’s when the woman started to question the details. She said when she confronted the person on the phone, he quickly hung up. Local banks and credit unions say they constantly warn customers that if something like a money transfer sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and if you are suspicious you should contact your bank or the police.
The Oregon Attorney General’s Office has a scam alert network set up to keep people up to date on current scams that can be found here.