HONOLULU (KHON2) – An Oahu woman is counting her blessings after a phone scam nearly cost her $5,000.
Three weeks ago, the 92-year old received a frightening phone call, supposedly from her grandson.”He said I needed help. I got into a car accident. I said what? He said my lawyer is going to call you so he hung up, then this other person called and he said he’s the lawyer,” the woman said.
The lawyer told the woman, who doesn’t want to be identified, that in order to get her grandson out of jail, he needed $5,000.
The woman was told to send the cash to an address in Los Angeles, so she withdrew the money from her bank account.
“So like a fool, I got everything ready, and my other neighbor was here, and he took me to the post office.
It wasn’t until an alert postal worker at the Kailua Post Office became suspicious and stopped her when she tried to mail the money.