I just about had a heart attack because of a scam this morning.
I got a phone call. From my granddaughter Nevin. I could hardly understand her. She called back on the land line. I could still hardly hear her. She said she had a bad cold and a sinus attack and she was crying. She said that she was in jail in Mexico City. She said that the officials wanted to talk to me, but I had to give permission for them to call me. I gave permission.
They asked if I was James Bradley. I said yes. Do you have a granddaughter whose name is Nevin? I said yes. They said that she was in jail for drunk driving and involved in a collision involving injury. Did I want to talk to an attorney? Yes. They gave me an atty's name and asked if it was OK for him to call me. Yes. He will call after while he is in court right now.
15 minutes later I get a call from an attorney. He asked why he was supposed to call me...etc. etc. He said he got the record from the court and gave me the same details about drunk driving, in jail, collision, etc. It all boiled down to I had to come up with $7,450 plus $300.00 in Western Union expenses to get her out of jail. He explained that Mexico has a zero tolerance on alcohol level.
The $7,400 would get the procedure shunted so that she would not have a criminal record all of her life and get her out of jail and she cannot return to Mexico for five years.
They would not accept a credit card. The transaction had to be conducted in cash because if paper work was involved they would have to report it to the USA authorities and it would appear on her USA record for the rest of her life. I was to go to the bank and withdraw the cash. With that amount the bank would have to ask what It was for. I was to lie and tell them something about buying a new car or real estate or whatever. I could not tell the bank the truth because they would have to report it and Nevin would have a criminal record the rest of her life.
I was to take the money to Western Union and send it to the attorney. Western Union would also have to ask why I was transferring the money. Again I was to lie.
I called a hispanic lady that I know very well. She said that is a scam. Do Not Send Any Money. She had been scammed this way and so had her sister. My son Glenn told his other half and she said her mother and (I think) her sister had been scammed the same way.
Keep your money in the good ole USA and buy tools! It is a lot more fun.
I hope this saves some of you some money.
Beware. They sound very convincing and they have done this many times and they have all of the answers.
Glenn called his daughter, Nevin. She was about 10 miles from my home. She has not been to Mexico for over 5 years. I told her two things: 1) If you go to Mexico, I am going to kill you and 2) If that $7,45 + $300 had totaled $8,000, I would have told them, "Keep her."