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Walmart Cashier Refuses to Wire Elderly Man's Money When She Smells a Scam, Saving His Christmas

A grandfather who loves his grandchild wouldn't think twice of doing all he could to help if there was an emergency. One grandfather thought his grandson was in trouble, so he hurried to help as fast as he could. His mind was racing and he wasn't really thinking straight about the situation, but luckily a Walmart cashier had a good head on her shoulders. She realized the elderly man was being scammed and stopped him from making a huge mistake.

Christmas time brings out a lot of goodwill, a lot of cheer, and a lot of Grinches. Cecil Rodgers of Cincinnati, Ohio got a call from an unknown Grinch who tried to swindle $2,300.

The con artist called Rodgers and pretended to be the older man's eldest grandson. He claimed he was in an accident and got arrested, and needed money right away.

“A voice comes on and says, ‘Papaw, this is your oldest grandson. I’m in trouble,'” Mr. Rodgers said to WCPO News. “He said, ‘I hit a woman’s car and she was seven months pregnant. And they charged me with drunken driving and I’m in jail.'”

A stranger then came on the phone and pretended to be a lawyer. The fake lawyer promised to get the grandson out of trouble but said he needed Rodgers to wire $2,300 over quickly to post bail. He told the grandfather to not lose any time. He also told him that the grandson didn't want any other family members to know about it yet, so he urged the elderly man not to start making phone calls.

Rodgers was frantic and followed the instructions. At the time he was so worried about his grandson that he didn't think to question. He just grabbed his ATM card, hurried over to Walmart, withdrew $2,300 and tried to do a wire transfer.

A cashier at Walmart began getting dribs and drabs of the story when Rodgers came up to make the transfer. Audrella Taylor listened to Rodgers' story and quickly became suspicious. She refused to transfer the money.

“I said, ‘I am going to refuse the sender. I’m not going to let you send that money. I think you are being scammed,'” Taylor said.

She urged the man to take a moment to call his grandson and check on him. Rodgers called, and sure enough, his grandson was fine and had no idea what was going on. He hadn't been in any car accident.

Scammers will often try to confuse their unwitting victims by convincing them to hurry and not to talk about it to anyone else. This is what set off Taylor's red flag, and it's a good thing. The Grinch was thwarted by a Christmas angel. Thanks to the cashier, Rodgers didn't lose his money, which the elderly man really couldn't afford to lose.

A lot of people think they or their loved ones are too smart to get tricked into giving up money or personal information to complete strangers, but scammers are in business for a reason. There are big rewards out there for those who are willing to lie and sneak to get it, and they use confusion and emotional manipulation to their advantage. When you get a phone call or email from someone demanding money or personal information like your credit card number, bank account number or social security number, it’s best to take a deep breath, step back and turn to someone you trust for help.
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