My mother-in-law got a call today from someone saying they were calling on behalf of her grandson, Parker Hatley, who had been in a terrible auto accident and was now in jail in Nevada. They appealed to her to help him get out of jail because “he doesn’t want to have his parents find out.” They then put “Parker” on the phone, who was in tears, begging his grandmother for help. They explained that he couldn’t talk loudly or for very long because of the broken nose he had suffered in the accident. My sweet mother-in-law asked them how she would know that Parker was all right, and they assured her they would let her know as soon as she wired the money, in cash, through Western Union, from two different Western Union offices.
My mother-in-law is not easily fooled. She is an extremely intelligent person who does not suffer fools easily. But here is what got to her: the young man crying on the phone, asking his grandmother for help. She went to her bank, got some money out of her savings, and then went to Western Union. Thank goodness the Western Union worker knew this was all a scam and told her not to send the money. But my mother-in-law continued to worry a little bit about Parker until she actually got a call from him saying, yes, he is still in Mexico, and, yes, he is doing fine.
The first thing I was wondering was how they got Parker’s name and connected it to my mother-in-law. All we could figure is that these evil people read obituaries, since my father-in-law died this past year–and the obituary named his grandchildren. These scumbags must target widows and widowers!
I would like to shoot these people, whoever they are–not so much for trying to scam my mother-in-law out of money but more importantly for playing on her emotions that way. I am pretty powerless to catch them. My mother-in-law has already reported them to the FCC and the police, but I bet they hide their tracks well. But I can at least put this whole new variety of evil scam on the blog so that people can spread the word about this to their friends and relatives! Please, help this go viral!!!!!