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Home  |  News  |  Store clerk saves woman from contributing to possible scam

Store clerk saves woman from contributing to possible scam
Friday, January 20, 2012

CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - It's a common scam: someone gets a phone call from someone posing as a family member in distress, asking for money.

Carol Bacon fell for it once, and was getting ready to send more money from the Piggly Wiggly in Camden when a quick-thinking store clerk stopped the transaction.

"People should beware," said the 90-year-old Bacon. "Ask questions."

Tuesday morning Bacon wired $2,200 to a man who called her claiming to be her great grandson. He told her he had been in a car wreck and needed money to get home.

Bacon believed him.

"He knew me and he said his first name," she said.

Bacon went to the Piggly Wiggly in Camden to wire money. Catherine Nielander was behind the counter.

"I didn't feel comfortable sending it but I didn't see that I had any choice in sending it," said Nielander. "So I sent it the first time."

2 hours later, Bacon says the man called back asking for more money to pay hospital bills. So she went back to Piggly Wiggly to wire $1,900.

"I said 'this lady's getting scammed I can't do this transaction,'" said Nielander, who reported her suspicions to another manager.

They called Western Union and the company denied the transaction.

"I was just doing my job," said Nielander.

Bacon is grateful.

"She saved me a lot of money," said Bacon.

If you receive a similar phone call, police say you should verify the person who called you is someone you know. Ask a personal question that only that person would correctly answer.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/16558769/store-clerk-saves-woman-from-contributing-to-possible-scam

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