OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (7/30/13)--An 85-year-old member of Community America CU-- who wanted to withdraw funds because she was going to be awarded $7 million in prize money and a luxury car--still has her money, thanks to the persistence of a credit union employee who recognized the situation was a scam.
Credit union employee Mary Weiss told Fox4KC.com she looked forward to the regular visits of the member, but became suspicious when the woman arrived early to withdraw some funds and said she was about to come into a large amount of money.
Weiss told her the deal was a scam, but the woman left. Later she returned, explaining she had bought a card with numbers on the back and needed to give the numbers to some people on the phone. Weiss told her again that it was a scam. The woman left again, then returned and asked to withdraw more.
"Don't do this, just don't do this," she warned the woman, but the member's mind was set. When she said she was meeting people at her house to hand over the money and get her prize. The credit union employees cautioned her not to let anyone in her house and re-emphasized the danger and the fact it was a scam.
Although the credit union had to provide the funds she withdrew, the employees were "all scared for her." A co-worker called police, who caught up with the woman and intervened.
The woman's family members told local media they were grateful to Weiss and the credit union for watching out for their mom. The Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief wrote a blog about the incident to remind the public that thieves prey on the elderly.
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