Grandma Says..

Observations and views from a different set of eyes

Checking My Forehead!

 

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I opened an e-mail this morning and after reading it; I rushed to the bathroom to see if the word “Stupid” had been stamped on my forehead while I slept.  Here, I’ll let you read it and see what you think!

Good day, Please we need your current home address and telephone number

to able us start sending your US$1.500,million to you as we were instructed
by
western union to be sending you $5000.00 each day till the whole amount
USD$1.500,million
but you can send only $65 for transfer charge to starting pick up day
$5000,00
is located to you,

We need your full name………….Home Address…………
Telephone number…………….
Forward your information here(westernunion806@yahoo.fr)Or call Mr
john mike
on telephone +229-9844-3783 ask them were to send the $65,00
Thanks
Mrs Susan Uda

Now, I’ve done some dumb things in my life. I’m honest about the mistakes I’ve made (getting married three times to three losers comes to mind) but at least I’m smart enough to see a scam when it gets thrown in front of my face.  But, I still have all my faculties (I think) and I trust me senses when I smell a rat.  And, of course, anybody can see that this letter was written by vermin that want to prey on the elderly.

Elderly people may not notice that the person who wrote this e-mail couldn’t construct a whole sentence together..disjointed words and stupid typing mistakes abound throughout this missive.

These scammers aren’t even imaginative enough to come up with believable names!  Yeah, I’ll be sure to call Mr. john mike and ask them where I should send a portion of my social security check.  And, I’m sure he’ll tell me politely that the only accept personal checks or debit account numbers.  Oh, and by the way, Mr. john mike needs to verify that you say who you claim to be.  So, please give him your social security number and he’ll be happy to send you that first $5,000.00.

Unfortunately, some poor old man or woman, thinking they’ve hit it big, will probably respond to this e-mail and ultimately they will have to wave good-bye to their $65.00.     If they’re lucky, that’s the only amount they’ll be out.  If they volunteer social security or bank account information, they risk losing their life’s savings.

Too many stories of our older generation being bilked for thousands of dollars are in the news way too often.  And the scammers get away with it because most likely they don’t generate these letters in the U.S. where our laws would put them behind bars.  So how can we protect our parents, our in-laws and our neighbors from these rip-off artists?

Talk to them without talking down to them.  Let them know about the rash of overseas e-mails being sent daily to our elderly citizens and get them to agree to check with someone before sending money to strangers.  And let them know that scams show up on their doorstep too.  “Contractors” troll neighborhoods looking for elderly residents than proceed to offer them discount prices to repair a roof or a driveway.  Of course, these contractors need a large deposit to schedule the work; and then they’re never seen again.

Although I haven’t reached the point where I feel I need help in recognizing a scam yet, I can’t say I will always be able to point a finger and yell “Rat!”  But, I hope if that day does come when my good sense dips down into the danger zone; someone will help me out with good sound advice.

Just saying!

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