A caring and astute Community America employee alerted police and helped stop an elderly woman from getting scammed out of a substantial amount of money.
The woman went to the Community America Credit Union at 95th Street and Nall Avenue. She wanted to withdraw $2,000.
The employee, Mary Weiss, knew the woman and questioned her about the transaction. The details that the woman disclosed alerted Weiss that it was a scam. But the woman insisted she wanted to withdraw the money because someone was coming to her house to get it.
The bank employee became alarmed that the woman could be harmed as well as lose her money. She called Overland Park police and officers went to the woman's home and apparently scared the scammer away.
Officer Michelle Koos praised the clerk for listening to intuition and doing the right thing.
"We just knew that it seemed strange by the amount and whatever she was going to do," Weiss said. She added that the woman insisted that the transaction be kept extremely confidential. "She was told not to tell anybody. So right off that was my first clue."
Koos said it is important for family and friends to keep an eye on their elderly loved ones because the elderly are often the target of scams like this.
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