An 82-year-old grandma became the victim of a gift card scam that wiped out her life’s savings. And now, her grandson is warning others so it doesn’t happen again.
Corey Hayward became suspicious when his grandma mentioned paying lawyers for a car accident he was supposedly in. But the thing is, Corey was never in a car accident. And after digging a little deeper, he found out the heartbreaking truth. Corey Hayward’s grandma had been the victim of scammers.
Grandma Becomes Victim Of Gift Card Scam
Scammers called and told Corey’s grandma that her beloved grandson had been involved in a fatal car crash. In order to keep Corey out of jail, she needed to pay them. The scammers asked Grandma to purchase thousands of dollars worth of gift cards and provide them with the card numbers over the phone.
“You wouldn’t pay a lawyer with Best Buy gift cards, so I immediately knew something was wrong here,” Corey said.
These smart scammers even went as far as asking the woman to shred the receipts so that there was no record of her transactions. Thankfully, she kept some of the records and Corey has evidence of over $27,000 in gift card purchases.
“They took her whole savings. She’s broke. She has no money, and she’s taking care of my grandfather who is very, very sick. She was just the perfect target,” he said.
It's truly upsetting to know that these scammers swindled such an innocent woman, but Corey is hoping that sharing the story will protect others from a similar situation. Please take heed of this warning and be sure to let your elderly friends and relatives know of this dangerous scam.
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