This week my own Mom almost became the victim of the latest Granny Scam. Part of it was her being concerned but part of it was failing to act on her own instincts and what she was trained to do. We need to start being careful and use our knowledge to help becoming victim to crimes that can and must be prevented!!
My mom is an educated professional. She has smart and she was not sure. She did have someone check on my son but she almost paid the money – $2,000 because there was a 1% chance that it could be real.
Folks this is a fail and let me explain why. The person on the other end of the phone wanted money by Western Union. Did you know that with the transaction number and password for the transaction you do not have to provide id at Western Union. Hence this makes the transaction untraceable.
My mom managed to verify my son in Ottawa was ok within an hour. As a result no money was sent. She was standing outside a Western Union outlet prepared to pay the $2,000. The key in this entire scam is Western Union. NEVER NEVER send money for any situation like this via Western Union. It is almost always a scam. Every fraud book, seminar and the police will tell you this. You need to let your training and knowledge help and guide you in cases like this.
You need to be careful and protect yourself. This way you will not get emotional and knowledge is POWER!
One of the things I did was try to explain to my Mom what she did well and how I could tell this was fraud right away. She explained that even for 1% she would risk it. This is what these fraud artists are playing on. We need to stop this kind of fraud by using our knowledge and stopping it right away.
Please watch the video below to help learn more.