Just found out my elderly mother sent a large sum of money via cashiers check
today in one of these scams targeting old people.
She had a friend on Facebook from her ward reach out to her to see how she was doing and started a dialogue. Very quickly into the conversation she’s telling her about this grant money she just received.
My mom falls for it and gets details of another person to reach out to on FB who runs the grant program and starts communicating with this person.
They collect all of her personal info via FB Messenger and tell her she needs to send this large cashiers check before they can provide her with this large grant.
I’m reading through all these text messages tonight just dumbfounded that anyone could fall for this crap and yet today my mom went to her bank, got a large cashiers check made out to some random dude and mailed it overnight mail to New Mexico.
The only reason I found out is because these scammers were hounding her for the tracking number and a picture of the check and she didn’t know how to text the picture so she called me for help.
Obviously the friend from her ward on FB that reached out to her was a fake account and a duplicate to her real friend.
We’ve requested the post office intercept her package and return it so praying at this point that they are able to do that otherwise they’ll be out a big sum of money.
I’ve warned her over and over about how these scams work, about never clicking links and never sending money especially cash, cashiers checks or money orders but it’s all in vain, she just isn’t able to decipher these obvious scams!
There is a special place in hell for these people targeting the elderly!