Log In or Register
HomeLocal NewsState NewsSportsOpinionObituariesAgriculture
Quick Links
  Home
  My Bulletin
  Contact The Bulletin

Marketplace
  Display Ads
  Classifieds
  Dir. of Advertisers

Opinion

Mail: Republicans needed in Congress, statehouse

Mail: Domina supports social security

More opinion

Ag News

Results of 4S Goat Expo in North Platte

Drought-stricken ranchers, farmers get more time to replace livestock

More Ag News


Email Article | Print Article
News - Local News
 
Scammer tries to swindle North Platte womanTell North Platte what you think
 
Courtesy Photo­Image

North Platte resident Viola Schultz, 82, was surprised and scared Friday to get a phone call out of the blue from a grandson who said he needed help.

NebraskaLand National BankYou've got a
facebook Request!
CLICK HERE!

It wasn’t her grandson, it was a scammer who wanted after a bundle of money.

Schultz got the call a little before noon from overseas. The caller said he was her grandson and he was in a jam – in a jail overseas.

The caller spun an elaborate tale about going to a concert with a friend overseas, having a couple beers and hitting another car on the way home.

His face had been cut. Two people in the other car were hurt, the scammer said, and he needed money to pay for everyone’s bills and get himself out of jail.

If he could get the money, his record would be cleared, he said.

Schultz was scared but not tempted. She said she didn’t have any extra money. He asked for her credit card number. She said she didn’t have a credit card. He asked if she could possibly get a loan. She declined.

He talked for about 10 minutes, but she wasn’t fooled.

“It didn’t add up at all,” she said. “I didn’t have the money anyway, and I think if they get in that position themselves, then they have to stay there.”

“I might be a little hardhearted, but that’s the way I feel,” she said. “I said I’m flattered that you called me, but sorry, I can’t help you at this time.”

When Schultz hung up, she called her son. He said “no way” was it any of her grandchildren.

Then she called the police. After that, she called the Bulletin.

“People need to know about this stuff,” she said. “I was scared. That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me.”

Schultz doesn’t know how the caller got her name, but she said too much personal information ends up on the Internet.

My granddaughter puts things on facebook,” she said. “I wonder if it came off of that. That’s the first call I ever got.”


Like this story to send to your facebook

The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/7/2012
Copyright © 2012 northplattebulletin.com - All rights reserved.
Flatrock Publishing, Inc. - 1300 E 4th St., Suite F - North Platte, NE 69101
 
Show me Talk Back during this visit
 
 


Copyright © 2003 - 2014 northplattebulletin.com
All rights reserved.

Flatrock Publishing, Inc.
1300 E 4th St., Suite F
North Platte, NE 69101

 
Your Ip Address - 54.234.225.23
North Platte, Nebraska