Grandfather Cecil Rodgers of Ohio was decorating his house for his grandchildren for the Christmas holiday. He got a call from one of his adult grandchildren, saying the grandchildren had been involved in a car crash hitting a woman’s car.

“He said, ‘I hit a woman’s car and she was seven months pregnant. And they charged me with drunken driving and I’m in jail,’” Rodgers paraphrased.

Another man got on the phone claiming to be the grandson’s lawyer, told Rodgers that he had to go to a Walmart store to do a direct store-to-store money transfer, and the amount of $2,300 was required to pay for his grandson’s bail bond.

“I’m going to try to get him out so he can drive home,” the man told Rodgers.

Rodgers, as a grandfather who cares for his grandchildren a lot, went to withdraw $2,000 from his bank and proceeded to the local Walmart in Everdale.

The grandfather did not suspect anything was fishy until after he handed his money to Audrella Taylor, the five-year Walmart employee at the register. After hearing the story from Rodgers, immediately her suspicions were aroused.

“He said something about somebody was locked up in jail, he got a call, and he needed to send $2,000,” Taylor recalled, suspected that Rodgers had been contacted by a scammer.

“I said, ‘I am going to refuse the sender. I’m not going to let you send that money. I think you are being scammed,’” Taylor recounted.

“Because his daughter hadn’t been contacted yet, I felt like if a son was in true need, the mom would have been contacted first before the grandpa would,” Taylor explained.

Taylor then told Rodgers to return home and call his children to check if his grandson really had been in a car crash, and as it turned out, in fact, his grandson was in college, safe and sound.

After Taylor’s manager, Dominic Gross said he was very proud of her. Cecil and his family are also very grateful for her help. The $2,000 was the money he had planned to used for Christmas shopping money.

“We are very happy with Audrella and all our customer service associates who help in that manner,” he said, then adding that they will be training cashiers to look out for signs that a person might be the victim of a scam.

Rodgers also thanked Taylor for her help in saving his money. “I don’t have much,” he said.


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