An 87-year-old woman steps into a cab outside her home in Quincy, Boston, and relays a distressing tale to the driver. “My grandson has had an accident. He’s rear-ended somebody,” she informs the cabbie. “He called me, and he needs $4,000 to get out of this jam.” As the senior tells her story, though, something about it just doesn’t sit right with the driver.
And the details of the incident may certainly leave some skeptical. The man who purported to be the octogenarian’s grandson had claimed, you see, that he needed his grandmother to purchase gift cards from Walmart in a bid to avoid him going to jail. Then, it seems, the old lady had readily agreed to buy what had been demanded of her.
Then, once the woman had got the items, she was supposed to reveal the gift card numbers to the other individual. Yet while such a plan may appear at first to be rather sketchy, the senior was nevertheless utterly convinced that the person on the other end of the phone was indeed her grandson in need of her help. In fact, she’d already embarked on a similar mission that day.