Letter: Scam calls targeting the elderly should be investigated and prosecuted

FILE - This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

There is a saying that a fool is born every day. The other day I was almost a fool.

I received a phone call that I thought was from one of my grandsons. He told me he was in Tampa, Florida with a buddy and had rear-ended a woman in the rental car he was driving. He said he tested just barely over the legal limit for a DUI charge and needed $7,500.00 cash for a bond. He had me speak to his “attorney” who gave me instructions on how to send the cash. My “grandson” then asked me not to tell any other family members as he was embarrassed and he would tell them later.

Upon hearing about sending $7,500.00 in cash, my wise wife said she thought it was a scam and to call our daughter and let her know what was going on. I did so and my daughter contacted my grandson and found out that he was not in Florida and was in fact at home because he was ill.

Since this happened, I have talked to several friends who are elderly like me and they said they are getting scam calls all the time from people claiming they are calling from the IRS, Social Security, etc.

It’s time for law enforcement to look into these scams and arrest these individuals and when arrested, enforce a severe penalty against them.

Stan Jacobson, Ogden

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