'Grandparent Scam' Robs Rogers County...

'Grandparent Scam' Robs Rogers County Couple

There are 17 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Oct 6, 2010, titled 'Grandparent Scam' Robs Rogers County Couple. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma A Rogers County couple recently lost $5,500 in what is being called "the grandparent scam." The scam takes advantage of a grandparent's love for their grandchild.

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be careful

Tulsa, OK

#1 Oct 6, 2010
They tried to do the same thing to my mom and dad, exact same story. Thank god my mom didnt fall for this. But i do commend the lady for coming forward with the story and hope it doesn't happen again. My mother asked for the phone number and they wouldnt give it to her , they just sd they would call back but never did.
what idiots

Claremore, OK

#2 Oct 6, 2010
This is hilarious! What a couple of morons.

First of all, what kind of pathetic enablers would send that kind of money to get their "grandson" out of jail on a DRUG charge? And WHY would they agree to keep things secret from their own child, the parent of their "grandson", when obviously the kid is in trouble if he's busted for drug possession?

I'll tell you what, even if one of my kids was REALLY in this kind of trouble, I would hope my parents would have the sense to let them cool their heels in jail and ponder the gravity of a drug charge while they talked over a plan of action with me. If not, I guess they'd deserve to lose their money, because like the people in this story, they would be STUPID.
Wow

Broken Arrow, OK

#3 Oct 6, 2010
The story said this has happened more than once. How do the scammers know the grandchild's name. It seems to me it would be someone they know.
What

Broken Arrow, OK

#4 Oct 6, 2010
Western Union could help if they cared. Who picked up the money? They should require fingerprints from people that pick up these wire transfers from the U.S. Then the police would have something to work with if they even cared.
hmmm

Tulsa, OK

#5 Oct 6, 2010
what idiots wrote:
This is hilarious! What a couple of morons.
First of all, what kind of pathetic enablers would send that kind of money to get their "grandson" out of jail on a DRUG charge? And WHY would they agree to keep things secret from their own child, the parent of their "grandson", when obviously the kid is in trouble if he's busted for drug possession?
I'll tell you what, even if one of my kids was REALLY in this kind of trouble, I would hope my parents would have the sense to let them cool their heels in jail and ponder the gravity of a drug charge while they talked over a plan of action with me. If not, I guess they'd deserve to lose their money, because like the people in this story, they would be STUPID.
I wouldnt call this couple stupid, but if their minds have eroded to the point that they cant tell when they are being scammed, they shouldnt be living on their own.
Pryor scam victim

Tulsa, OK

#6 Oct 6, 2010
The same people called me too. The girl crying said she was my grand-daughter and had been arrested by police for drug pssession in the car.She still crying said was checked clear from a drug test. Don~t tellanybody about this ,but she needed $5600 Police wpuld call me. They did gave me the Western Union bit too Gave me an address at Domincan Rep. BINGO I was being scammed. I found my grand-daughter at work at a local school and did not send money and gave report to the Pryor PD
My sympathy withe Claremore couple
Wow

Broken Arrow, OK

#7 Oct 6, 2010
Still asking?

How would these "scamers" know what the grandchild's name is. I think these people know the "scamers" or the "scamers" know the grandchild.

I just don't see how this could work. My mother would know my daughters voice. Even if she was upset....
pars

Wichita, KS

#8 Oct 6, 2010
Wow wrote:
Still asking?
How would these "scamers" know what the grandchild's name is. I think these people know the "scamers" or the "scamers" know the grandchild.
I just don't see how this could work. My mother would know my daughters voice. Even if she was upset....
You can get a lot of information like that from Facebook
Mamaw

Broken Arrow, OK

#9 Oct 6, 2010
This happened to me a couple of years ago. The girl called me Mamaw and said she was my grand daughter. She said she was on a trip to Canada and got in a little trouble and needed money. I kept questioning her about why she was in Canada and why I didn't know about it. I guess I asked too many questions and she finally hung up. I called and found my grand daughter at home. This was before I had heard anything about this scam.
Erin

Cushing, OK

#10 Oct 6, 2010
I heard about this scam NOT long ago. And my question as many others have asked, How do they know all the info about your family?? I understand facebook and myspace, but still??
John

Owasso, OK

#11 Oct 7, 2010
What is that saying about fools and their money?
horsewoman

Tulsa, OK

#12 Oct 7, 2010
These people are not stupid, I can't believe how mean some people are. They just love their grand child and want to help. Maybe they thought that the 'friend' had the drugs and their grandson didn't know about it. They are older people, they come from a time when you didn't have to question absolutely everything like we (sadly)have to now. They feel bad enough, at least they are brave enough to come forward and let the public know what's happening so hopefully someone else won't fall for it. Stop being so hateful. My heart breaks for you. Prayers that your money is restored by your faith and trust in God and His Word.

Since: Sep 10

Tulsa, OK

#13 Oct 7, 2010
Don't forget that the State of Oklahoma is selling all your information to whom ever has the money to but it to raise money.

Since: Sep 10

Tulsa, OK

#14 Oct 7, 2010
That should be BUY it
kathy

United States

#15 Oct 7, 2010
i contacted your station about this 2 months ago. my mother-in-law recieved a call just like this 2 months ago. the lady that answered the call i made to your station just said don't send money, which we already knew this. but maybe if you had reported that the scam was going on again 2 months ago these poor people would still have their money.. yes i am very angry right now. i feel this could have been prevented.
IMHO

Tulsa, OK

#16 Oct 7, 2010
This was on the news not long ago.

ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!

Any time someone asks you for money ask questions. If they are the real deal they will understand your caution and quickly answer them. For instance, recently I asked a face book scammer that had hijacked a friends account what she had given me as I left her daughters wedding. Only she would know the answer and they knew they were busted.

In this case - the people should have asked for the name of the official to contact and a phone number, case number, the location of the jail and every bit of information they can think of.

Then hang up and check it all out. Starting with calling the parents and finding out where their kid is.

Use common sense - if your grandchild was close enough to you to ask for $5500 then they would have told you they were going out of the country. You talk to the kids parents so they would have mentioned it too.

If someone is trying to rush you into sending them money then there is something wrong. So wait until you get to the bottom of it.

So you don't waste your money.
IzNt ThAt Sum CHiT

New Orleans, LA

#17 Oct 10, 2010
This scam happened to my sister. My daughter answered the phone and the man on the other end said he was an officer & needed to speak with Virginia. My sister told him that nobody lived there by that name. He was foreign and she could barely understand him. He then asked her for her name, told her that she could be in trouble if she knew where Virginia was and didn't tell him. She laughed and said she wasn't giving him ANY information because he wasn't making any sense. She said he sounded like it was urgent....but rushing conversation so questions could be asked.
BE AWARE....THEY ARE CALLING "UN-LISTED" NUMBERS....TELL ALL YOUR FAMILY ABOUT THIS SCAM!!!!

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