This past weekend I received a frightening, but ultimately hilarious call from my 90 year old grandmother Barbara Grossman from Syracuse, New York. The phone rang, serendipitously, while I was driving in the car with my brother. "Great", my grandmother said, "I wanted to tell you both this story!" She continued "the phone rang yesterday and when I answered it a young man's voice said 'hello grandma'. "I knew immediately it was neither of you boys, but I let the person continue..." "Grandma, I am in San Juan Puerto Rico and I am in big trouble. I have been falsely arrested and I need money for bail... Can you help me?"
Fortunately, my Grandmother is extremely familiar with this scam. In fact, she suggested a while back that we warn the CCG family about it, but we dropped the ball until now! So, without skipping a beat, she said to the caller... "oh dear... sounds like you are in a very difficult situation... Here is what I want you to do; hang up with me, pick up the phone and dial your own grandmother because I don't know who the hell you are!" And with that, she hung up the phone.
So, this story is part cautionary tale (these predators are out there!) and part opportunity to brag about my remarkable grandmother; cunning and informed as ever at 90 years old!