The 20-something-year-old man took a deep breath, tucked in his shirt and nervously glanced around. Although he had scammed elderly people numerous times, he always felt a little anxiety just before approaching them.
He looked up at the single-story tract home where the elderly woman lived, checked the neighborhood for any signs of life, cleared his throat and started toward the door.
GIVE ME 20
“Good evening, ma’am. My name is Darron, and I live next door.”
“Hello there, young man. How can I help you?”
The woman, who had lived in the four-bedroom residence for some 56 years, thought he seemed nice enough. While she had never seen him, she thought maybe he had returned home after living somewhere else for a while. Or, maybe he meant he was a friend of the family. After all, Kenny, whose children attend the local university, always had a house full of college kids around.
“No one is home, and I need some money for gas,” he said, suddenly feeling more comfortable. Smiling, he added, “Is there any chance I can get $20? It’s really important.”
“I don’t have any cash,” she said. “But, if you wait, I’ll write you a check.”
“Sure, I can wait. Thank you, ma’am.”
Later that evening, the woman called her younger son. “I think I made a mistake,” she said.
In the ensuing weeks, the evenings were quiet for the woman, who lived in a sprawling Los Angeles suburb.
And then, one night, she heard that familiar tapping. She fumbled for her cane and made her way slowly to the door. Keeping the deadbolt secure, she peered outside.
“Good evening, ma’am. It’s me again, Darron. I’m just wondering …”
TRUE TO LIFE
This is a true story that happened just a few months ago, and if you ever thought it couldn’t happen to you, think again. Fortunately, for this woman, she lost only money on the scammer’s first visit. The second time she said no to his request for $40; but, it could have easily escalated. What if he had gotten aggressive, pushed the door open, knocked her down and forced his way in?
Things happen. Believe it. That’s why, in this issue, we’re bringing you a special report geared toward the at-risk elderly—we’ll provide you with solid techniques and protection tips against fraud and scams.
After all, it’s time for the prey to fight back. HD
“...ONE NIGHT, SHE HEARD THAT FAMILIAR TAPPING. SHE FUMBLED FOR HER CANE …”