80-Year-Old Senior Gets Back At Her Scammer - New York News

80-Year-Old Senior Gets Back At Her Scammer

Posted: Updated:

80-year-old Ruth O'Leary loves to garden, rescue geese and take care of her hens. But she never expected to be dealing with scammers.

"Ok James, like I told you, I won't do anything until I see if the check clears," O'Leary tells the caller.

For the past month, Ruth has been getting calls from a man named James who says she's won 2.5 million dollars.

"You trust me then, you send me the money and then I'll send you the amount back," O'Leary says to him.

"I shouldn't be begging you so much, sweetheart. This is for your own good," he replies.

But no matter how hard he tries, he isn't pulling a fast one on Ruth.

"I knew right away," says O'Leary.

Even though she's told him she knows it's a scam, he tries a new trick every day to convince her it's real.

"'Sweetheart,' he said, ‘I'm in love with you,' and I said, ‘You're out of your mind,'" recalls O'Leary.

And what's even crazier is that Ruth got the con-artist to send her money.

"Then he said, 'I'll prove to you, I'll send you an overnight and I'll send you $50 dollars in cash and I'll send you a check for $4,000,'" says O'Leary.

So now, Ruth has a fake check for $4000 that the scammer wants her to deposit and immediately wire him $3000 of it back. When people fall for this type of scam, they usually send the money before realizing the check is fake, but not this time.

"He said, ‘Ok then, you send my $50 dollars back,' and I said, ‘No, I'm not sending it back for all the trouble I've gone through answering the phone,'" describes Ruth.

It's been days, and the scammer keeps asking.

"'No way, I'm keeping the $50,' and he said, ‘I will call police and have you arrested.' I said, ‘Oh, ok, go ahead.' I said, ‘In fact, I'll call the police for you if you want me to, and we'll see who's arrested," O'Leary recalls.

Police tell Ruth that the only way she can get the scammer to stop calling is to change her phone number.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:09:38 GMT
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
  • Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:21:39 GMT
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:05:09 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor investigating political payback allegations involving the Republican's administration are both set to speak at a prisoner re-entry conference on Thursday.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices