“Will Jacob get out of jail,” I tried to say with great concern.
“Yes, if you send me the money order, we will have him out of jail in two hours.” Then he went on to tell me how to send money via Western Union and asked how long it would take. I told him it would take me about two hours. He said he would call me back for the routing number of the money.
I immediately hustled to a Western Union service desk where Cheryl and Derek helped me make a fake but official sounding Western Union routing number. They related that it is not unusual to have people convinced there is a real need come in to send money under such circumstances. They also gave me Western Union’s number to report the fraud, thinking maybe they could get some information when he tried to collect.
Within an hour, I received the call. “Were you able to send the money?”
I gave him the fake number. He closed by saying that Jacob would call within the hour.
Did I scam the scammer? I sure hope so. I could just see him with a big smile on his face, headed out the door to collect his money feeling satisfied he had just landed another sucker. Not this grandma.
The story goes on.
I called Western Union and was connected with the fraud department where a gentleman who could only say over and over, “We don’t send money with a fake routing number.” He couldn’t begin to comprehend that I was trying to stop a fraud. I hung up when I began to talk like Judge Judy to him.
Last, I researched the number on the internet of the St. John’s Newfoundland police – or as they say, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. I was connected with their Fraud Department. Surprise, there was no such address.