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#1 Alberta Bolens OFFLINE  

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 05:44 PM

HI.  Bit of a story bare with me.


We live in small town 7000 pop. in western Canada. My partner Kim drives a wheel chair bus for a non profit organization in town.  She has a lot of elderly customers in wheel chairs walkers etc.  Younger people to any one who can't get around easily.


She has one customer who would go to the bank then the post office once a week and was going more often, couple of time a week.  Sometimes the lady would be a while in the post office so Kim would go in to help her, kind of speed her up if she could.  Couple of weeks ago.  The last time the post master couldn't mail the letter as the address was incomplete.  Somewhere in the USA. Could have been anywhere in the world.  I believe countries like Canada and USA seem safer to an elderly person than say Thailand.  Kim looked at the letter turned it over to point out there was no return address so if it couldn't be delivered it would not come back.  she realized that the envelope had cash in it.  Felt like a fair amount.  


Kim became suspicious that the lady was being scammed.  That night we talked about it and were pretty convinced that she was being scammed, but were not sure just what to do as we did not know her family or who to contact.  We also didn't want to seem nosey.  We decided to call and talk to the RCMP.  An RMCP member went and talked to the lady.


Today Kim went to pickup up the elderly lady.  Kim asked her if she needed togo the bank today.  The Lady did not know Kim had talked to the RCMP.  The lady said no the RCMP had come to see her and that she had been victim of a scam.  Her son had helped change her phone # so the scammers could not call her anymore.  That she was only supposed to spend money at the grocery and drug store.  She also told Kim that her son had been telling her she was being scammed but she didn't believe him until the RCMP came and talked to her.  She didn't know how much she had sent but it was a lot.


We are very relieved that we called the RCMP on her behalf.  That she listened to them.  We were unsure about butting in.


The lady lives in a senior lodge and is fairly independent.  Making her own decisions etc. She was still being scammed.  Can happen to anyone even if you think the are independent and with it.





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Posted May 22, 2015 - 06:07 PM

That was very nice of you. I've found that parents and grandparents won't listen to their own family because "they are just kids". The elderly are easy prey for the conmen. An elderly friend just sold a $20,000 tractor for $2,000 because he didn't want to listen to his son. What can you do? Good Luck, Rick

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 06:11 PM

GOOD FOR YOU ! What an awesome thing to do for someone yet not wanting to recognized for it. We need more people like that. Glad it worked out OK for her. Those scammers are not looking out for her that for sure.  You two should be proud of your good deed.                                                                           Roger

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 06:17 PM

We have an elderly (92) friend who is contently bugged by scammers.  We are in the process of changing her phone number as well.  You did right by her by calling the RCMP,  I'm glad they took the time to check it out and help to understand what was happening.  Good for you!!! :thumbs:

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Good for you two. It's nice to know that people still care about the older ones. Noel
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Posted May 22, 2015 - 08:06 PM

Good move. It was the right thing to do, even if it turned out to be legit. One day, hopefully. All of us are elderly and someone looks out for us.
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Posted May 22, 2015 - 08:44 PM

Thank You and your partner for being good people.

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 09:48 PM

You just restored a little of my faith in humanity.
Now, if we could all have that address... We might be able to give the scammer some just Rewards.
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Posted May 22, 2015 - 09:57 PM

Watch and Watch carefully. My MIL has also been victim to these scams.

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Posted May 23, 2015 - 10:26 AM

This happens far to often