Why Do Some People Feel The Need To Scam Little, Old Ladies?

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Managing Broker-IL; Pre-License Instructor-IL; Broker-TX

Sad GrandmotherWhile watching the evening news last night, I listened to a report about a local, elderly woman who was scammed.  Big time.  Seriously scammed to the tune of a $15,000-kind-of-scam.  And, while I never like to hear about anyone getting scammed – I especially dislike hearing about it when the target is an 89-year-old woman.

Details of the story are a bit sketchy.  The elderly woman claims she was confused and thought the perpetrator 'seemed like a real nice person.'  Essentially, a younger female  walked up to the victim in a retail parking lot, told the victim some crazy story – then somehow convinced the victim to drive to the bank and withdraw the cash.  Of course, after handing the money over, the con artist took off.


To the female swindler who felt compelled to take advantage of an innocent and defenseless old woman
a woman who was minding her own business, not bothering anyone, and just basically going about her daily errands:  You should be ashamed of yourself!  Come on now this could be your own grandmother for pete's sake!  How could anyone in good conscience do this?  Hey, I have an idea!  Take the money back to the bank and drop it in the night depository.  Otherwise, I have my fingers crossed that someone will identify you regardless of the lame disguise you were shown wearing on the bank security camera tape while you ripped this woman off.

When I'm 89-years-old and I need help, will someone please blog about it?  I don't know why this story bothers me so much.  I'm sure this sort of thing happens all day, every day, to people of all ages.  Maybe it's because I have an elderly mother.  Maybe it's because I loved my grandmother so much.  Maybe it's because I'm a kind and compassionate person.  I'm not sure.  One thing I am sure about:  When a crime involves preying on a frail and harmless 89-year-old woman – well, let's just say I hope they catch this pathetic, heartless, and conniving predator.  I'll be watching the news.

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Bob Crane
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It is very unfortunate Carie, my father in law has been scammed twice in the month and a half since my mother in law died.  My mother in law took care of things so well that he just doesnt know how to deal with so many things anymore and must rely on his kids to handle the finances now.

August 23, 2012 06:57 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I get cold chills sometimes thinking of what will become of me as an elderly woman. I am way too trusting now.

August 23, 2012 07:48 PM
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Carie Shapiro
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Jim:  Yes, I want to believe in karma here too!

Bryan:  I hope they get caught too.  Sadly, many of these criminals never do get caught, and they just move on to other victims.

Karen Anne:  Your comment made me laugh ... although it's a troubling topic, I can just see you swinging that frozen chicken!  Hey, whatever works ... right? :)

Joanna:  You're right ... just one more thing to worry about when we get older.  I hope the criminals get their just desserts, too!

Bob:  It's so disturbing to hear stories like this.  I feel so badly for your father-in-law ... glad to hear his kids will be watching out for him and his finances now.

Chris Ann:  Right?  I know what you mean.  And, the scams seem to be getting more clever and tricky ... scary!

August 25, 2012 09:38 AM
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Valerie Zinger
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Carie. Those stories bother me as well. Some elderly people are lonely and scam artists know that spending a bit of time with them will pay back big in terms of getting the money. It is so sad and I hope that woman gets caught.
August 26, 2012 03:14 AM
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Carie Shapiro
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Valerie:  It is sad ... and my heart breaks every time I hear one of these stories.

August 26, 2012 08:54 AM
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Carie Shapiro

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