Each of us should be concerned about the avalanche of personal information we give out nearly every day, not only from high tech computers but every time we make a phone call.
All Floridians – especially older Floridians in the Tampa Bay Area – face being scammed and need to be on guard for telephone scams; the scammers will try to pry money from you over the phone.
Yet people in the Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Pinellas County, Florida are sometimes falsely accused of committing fraudulent acts such as phone crimes, cyber crimes and white collar crimes, especially when confronted with unreasonable law enforcement officers with little training, if so call your Criminal Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer.
Here’s a notorious telephone scam and the grandmother who outfoxed the perpetrators of this crime as illustrated in a recent Daily Finance article.
An 84-year-old Illinois lady receives a chilling phone call from a man saying he is her grandson, a soldier who only recently has come home from the War in Iraq. He needs emergency money fast – always a possible hint of a scam – his voice sounds different, shaking, strange – “Have you been drinking?”she asks. “No, grandma I’ve just been in a car accident in Canada and hit a pole.”
Her heart skips a beat as he says he needs $5,000 immediately.
This grandmother outfoxes the fox by agreeing to wire the money on condition that he her give one word, “What’s your grandfather’s name?” (see her full declaration to the Federal Trade Commission) He tries to avoid answering her question, she asks him again, he hangs up.
How to Avoid Becoming a Financial Scam Victim – DailyFinance
Consumer Sentinel Network – Law enforcement’s source for consumer complaints
FBI — Common Fraud Schemes
Should you see the tortured artist below, a man well known for making crank phone calls and perpetrating endless scams, please contact French Law Enforcement immediately.
Frédéric Chopin, by Eugene Delacroix, the original is hidden in Clearwater, the copy may be found at the Louvre.