Local couple scammed

VALUABLE LESSON — Gladys and John Edwards were the victims of phone scammers. Their hope is that others won’t fall into the same trap. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Danny Hirt —

The phone rings; you answer it.

On the other end of the line is your grandson telling you that unless you send him $1,800 he’ll have to spend 30 days in a Mexican jail.

You’re shocked, concerned, but also compassionate and you want to help. However, you’re also older and have a limited income.

But, after all, it’s a family member in need.

What do you do?

That’s the dilemma recently faced by local residents John and Gladys Edwards.

Unfortunately for them, the person making the phone call was not their grandson. And the other person who got on the line was not a U.S. Embassy official at the Mexico City bureau.

But their concern for family outweighed their skepticism and they wired the money via Western Union.

Simply put, the Edwardses were scammed.

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