Another Worthwhile Phone Scam Warning
To the Editor:
The December 5 issue of the E.P. News contained a letter from local resident Lee Ann Baldwin entitled, “Beware of Phone Scam.” She described receiving a phone call from a young man identifying himself as her grandson who was in Canada on a last-minute weekend lark. The connection was poor, but the caller purported to be in trouble with Canadian police due to an accident with a rental car where alcohol was involved. Afraid to call his parents, he asked “Grandma” to wire him a few thousand dollars to pay fines and car repair costs so he could return home.
We are writing to indicate that we had an almost identical experience a few weeks ago. As in Ms. Baldwin’s case, after getting over the initial shock and concern, we asked the caller a few carefully chosen questions (which any of our grandsons could have answered). Our caller was soon revealed to not be any of our grandsons.
We have since learned that this attempted scam is being experienced, not only in Estes Park, but elsewhere across the U.S. Be very cautious when receiving phone requests to send money!
Lynn and Bob Young
Estes Park, CO