Telephone scammers got $600 out of Patsy Davidson this week and the Asbury woman doesn’t want it to happen to anyone else.
“I got a phone call telling me that my Social Security number had been used to open a bank account and it was being used to launder money and buy drugs,” Davidson said. “The caller said he was with the federal government.”
To fix the problem, they wanted her to buy Google Play cards. They told her an officer would come to her home and give a new Social Security number.
“They even gave the officer’s name and badge number,” Davidson said. “It was supposed to be a DEA agent.”
They made it sound as though urgency was of the essence and she did what they asked.
They called again the following day and told them they were at the attorney general’s office in Texas. Davidson asked for the phone number there.
“I wrote it down and my sister called,” she said. “It rang back to the guy I was talking to, not the attorney general’s office.”
It was then she realized it was a scam.
“I am a senior citizen living on a fixed income,” she said. “The $600 they got from me hurt. That would’ve paid my car payment and my insurance on the car. But it’s not as much as they could’ve got.”
She filed a sheriff’s report.
“I just want other senior citizens to be aware of this,” Davidson said.