Grandmother Jean Ebbert from New York is being praised for using her instincts to beat a scammer at his own game.
Having been a former 911 dispatcher, the 73-year-old has heard any and every kind of story there is.
Lucky for her, this came in handy when a would-be scammer tried to pull one over on her.
Instead, Jean was able to beat him at his own game by luring him to her home before having him arrested.
At the time, Ebbert had received a call from a person who claimed to be her grandson.
The man on the phone was crying, claiming he had been drinking and got into a car accident.
He requested thousands of dollars from Ebbert to get out of jail.
“I knew he was a real scammer. I just knew he wasn’t going to scam me,” Jean said. “He starts calling me ‘grandma,’ and then I’m like, I don’t have a grandson that drives, so I knew it was a scam.”
According to police, the scam took place over multiple calls with multiple men involved.
Another person claimed to be the lawyer for Jean’s grandson, telling her $8,000 was needed for him to get out of jail.
Then a third person called claiming to be a bail bondsman that would come to collect the cash.
“I told him I had the money in the house, and I figured, he’s not going to fall for that,” Jean said, adding that she called the police. “Well, he fell for that hook, line, and sinker.”
Fortunately for Jean, the man impersonating a bail bondsman showed up at her doorstep for the money and she handed him an envelope filled with paper towels.
When he went to turn around and leave, officers were already there to tackle him.
Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Joshua Estrella Gomez, who has since been charged with attempted grand larceny.
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