One year ago, Margaret Pietz was almost the victim of fraud when a man claiming to be a lawyer called her and said her grandson owed $4,000 in car repairs related to a traffic accident. He even put a young man on the phone who addressed her as “grandma.”
Pietz started to realize something was up when she was asked to send the funds in the form of Target gift cards and to not tell anyone else in the family.
“He thought he was calling a gullible grandma,” Pietz said. “The more I thought about it, the more I knew it was a scam.”