Bank teller spares woman from $20,000 scam - KCTV5

Bank teller spares woman from $20,000 scam

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An observant bank teller saved an older Kansas City woman from losing $20,000 in a scam.

And now the would-be victim, Carolyn Markey, is speaking publicly to warn others.

"You never figure out that it's going to happen to you," she told KCTV5. "It's always a story you see about somebody else."

Markey this week got a telephone call from someone claiming to be Josh, her oldest grandson.

"It sounded like Josh," she said.

The caller said that he was in trouble in Mexico and he would be thrown in prison if he didn't pay $20,000. The caller stressed that Markey couldn't call her grandson's parents or police.

"That was very important: that I wouldn't tell anyone," she said.

So the concerned grandmother went to her bank to withdraw the money. An inquisitive teller was able to get the information from Markey that led to her squelching the deal.

"She said it sounds like you're being scammed. And she was right. That was exactly what was happening," she said.

She contacted her family, and she found out her grandson was home and just fine. He wasn't in Mexico.

The scammers called four times Friday. The number showed up as unavailable.

"It's really frightening," Markey said.

She contacted police for them to look into the issue.

She said she is speaking publicly to protect other grandparents from being duped.

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