East Texas man nearly conned out of thousands due to phone scam
POSTED: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:29am
Athens (KETK) — Telephone scams targeting the elderly are on the rise, with many being targeted right here in East Texas.
The latest attempt even hits close to home for us here at KETK.
Weldon McClure, grandfather of our own Kaci Koviak, received a call Tuesday morning from someone claiming to be one of his grandsons in dire need.
It's an all too common story these day, con artists, using the love someone has for their family, to rob them.
"I said 'Hello' and he says, 'I've got a problem and I need to talk to you and I don't want you to tell anyone', and I said who is this, he said 'I'm you're grandson'." said McClure, describing his conversation.
The man said he was McClure's grandson Josh, and said he was drunk and was just involved in a car accident and had hurt the other driver.
He said he broke his nose, which is why his voice sounded muffled.
He told McClure not to tell anyone, and that his lawyer, Mr Green, would call him back.
"And so he did, and Green called on the same private call, on the same phone. Now see I'm seeing all this now but back then it's just kind of, disturbing," said McClure.
Green told McClure he needed $2,000 for bail, but it could only be paid with money order cards.
McClure's daughter, and Josh's mom, Carolyn Koviak, was in the house when the call came in.
McClure told his daughter that Josh was in trouble, but he couldn't say anymore, so Carolyn got the real Josh on the phone.
"Are you okay?" she asked Josh over the phone, "and he said 'yes I'm okay, I just woke up', and at that time I'm going, ah, oh my gosh it's one of those things," said Koviak.
One of those things, is a phone scam, something that had already hit other members of their family.
Once the real Josh called and convinced his granddad that he was not in trouble, Mr. green called back.
"I said feller, I know my grandson ain't in jail, I just talked to him on the phone. He said 'Oh it's a case of mistaken identity' and I said yeah I guess so, and I said you can just let that other guy stay in jail for all I care, and I hung up," said McClure.
"I just can't believe these people are that ruthless that they would do that to the elderly people, it just, it's not okay," said Koviak.
Hindsight is always 20-20, but when you involve a man's family, in that moment, he's willing to do anything, to make sure his loved ones are taken care of.
"I was lucky, I guess that I had people looking out for me," said McClure.