"Grandparents Scam" Hits Butler County

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"I was shaken cause I lost more money then that when I lost money over my computer one time and it made me so sick,"

It's a nationwide telephone scheme designed to scam elderly residents out of thousands of dollars.

It has been dubbed the "Grandparents Scam" and a woman in Butler County who almost fell victim to it is sharing her story in hopes no one else goes through what she had to.

For June McGuyer it was just going to be another ordinary morning, until her phone rang.

Who she thought was on the other line was her 50 year old nephew from Los Angles.

"He called me Grandma and he said do you know who this is and I said I'm not sure it sounds a little bit like William or Gig, that's my two nephews, and he said the first name. He repeated the William," McGuyer says.

The man she believed to be William continued to say he had been in an accident while out of town, was in jail and needed money to be bailed out.

After their conversation the phone rang a second time, this time it was a man who claimed to be Williams public defender.

"He said I found a bondsman that's in the Dominican Republic and he said if you go through them they're not covered by U.S laws and if I go through them I can get it done for $1,620."

McGuyer was about to transfer the money through Western Union when her friend, who was giving her a ride, suggested she call William.

"Well I called his number, and he answered the phone and I said oh, and it sounded just like him which made me see how different the sounds were between the two people, and I said I'm so glad you answered the phone and I told him what happened, and he said Aunt June that's a scam," says McGuyer.

The Better Business Bureau says it is a scam that happens all too often.

"Our advice is if someone calls you and says that someone in your family has been injured or put in jail find a way to get a hold of that person," says Linda Chamber, Better Business Bureau.

While she has fallen victim to schemes in the past June is glad she didn't this time.

"I was shaken cause I lost more money then that when I lost money over my computer one time and it made me so sick," she says.

Chambers other piece of advice is never wire money to someone you don't know.

The Butler County Sheriff's Department says they have seen an increase in scams in the past year and they are often difficult to solve because they usually originate in another state or overseas.

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