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Winterset store manager rescues 85-year-old customer from scam

A quick-thinking store employee in Winterset rescued an elderly customer from an expensive phone scam. And now the police will warn you. “It was a typical scam that we hear all too often,” said Winterset Police Chief Ken Burk. Burk says an 85-year-old customer in the Dollar General store is lucky. She came in Monday to buy a $ 500 gift card. But she was talking on the phone during her visit and it was suspicious. Turns out there was a bad guy at the other end of the line. “They actually asked her not to tell anyone that you’re talking on the phone, store your phone while you’re in the store, do not let them not know that you’re talking on the phone because what’s happening is that clerks see this, “Burk said. “She looked really worried,” said Dollar General Store Manager Allysa Taylor. Taylor is the fast-thinking clerk who saw it. “I asked her, is this for someone on the phone, and she whispered yes. And I said, do you know this person, and she said no, but I’m not supposed to tell you,” Taylor said. that the victim had been on the phone with the swindler for two hours.He told her she should send him $ 500 to collect a $ 2.5 million prize.Taylor took on the customer’s phone and he hung up.Burk eventually called to the crooked caller who replied, “You cheat old people. Doesn’t that feel crazy?” Burk said. And the scam number replied, “They’re going to die with the money, and their son and daughter just want to take the money … and take drugs. We need it to build a house and take care of our family. “Burk was shocked by that response.” Unbelievable that they say such a thing and can be so cold and boring to the people who lose their hard earned money. “Burk said. Burk praised Taylor.” She did an amazing thing. She’s definitely a hero to us, “Burk said. Taylor says it’s part of the job.” It finally came to the point that my training was necessary. And I’m grateful. that I was able to help her, she said. Police say the caller was probably abroad. They say you should never give money to a caller who wants you to pay to receive an alleged premium. More from Todd Magel:

A quick-thinking store employee in Winterset rescued an elderly customer from an expensive phone scam.

And now the police will warn you.

“It was a typical scam that we hear all too often,” said Winterset Police Chief Ken Burk.

Burk says an 85-year-old customer in the Dollar General store is lucky. She came in Monday to buy a $ 500 gift card. But she was talking on the phone during her visit and it was suspicious. It turns out there was a villain at the other end of the line.

“They actually asked her not to tell anyone that you were talking on the phone, to store your phone while you were in the store, not to let them know that you were talking on the phone, because what happens is that clerks see this,” said Burk.

“She looked really worried,” said Dollar General store manager Allysa Taylor.

Taylor is the fast-thinking clerk who saw it.

“I asked her, is it to someone on the phone, and she whispered yes. And I said, do you know this person, and she said no, but I’m not supposed to tell you,” Taylor said.

Police say the victim had been on the phone with the scammer for two hours. He told her she should send him $ 500 to collect a $ 2.5 million prize. Taylor picked up the customer’s phone and he hung up. Burk eventually called the crooked caller, who answered.

“You cheat old people. Doesn’t that feel crazy?” said Burk.

And the scammer called, “They’re going to die with the money, and their son and daughter just want to take the money … and take drugs. We need it to build a house and take care of our family.”

Burk was shocked by that response.

“Unbelievable that they say such a thing and can be so cold and boring to the people who lose their hard earned money,” Burk said.

Burk praised Taylor.

“She did an amazing thing. She’s definitely a hero to us,” Burk said.

Taylor says it’s part of the job.

“It finally came to the point that my training was necessary. And I’m grateful I could help her, she said.

Police say the caller was probably abroad. They say never give money to a caller who wants you to pay to collect an alleged prize.

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