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Texas cop and Good Samaritan save 84-year-old woman from sending ,000 to scammer pretending to be bank employee

Texas cop and Good Samaritan save 84-year-old woman from sending $40,000 to scammer pretending to be bank employee

Texas cop and Good Samaritan save 84-year-old woman from sending $40,000 to scammer pretending to be bank employee

Texas cop and Good Samaritan save 84-year-old woman from sending $40,000 to scammer pretending to be bank employee

When Myndi Jordan saw an elderly woman desperately trying to insert $100 bills into a Bitcoin ATM at a gas station in Texas, she knew something fishy was going on.

She approached the woman at a Chevron gas station off I-30 in White Settlement and found her with a lot of money in her purse.

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The confused senior was on a video call with a man claiming to be a member of Chase Bank’s security team, who was urging her to deposit thousands of dollars into a Bitcoin machine.

Concerned about the abnormality of the situation, Jordan told the woman she might be the victim of a scam, according to Fox 4. The 84-year-old insisted she had to pay the bank back for a mistake.

“At that point she was already in $23,900 and all I could think was ‘I’m robbing her blind,’” Jordan said of the June 12 incident.

She called 911 and an officer arrived to help the Texas senior just in time — here’s what happened.

A senior scam

The elderly victim, whose name has not been shared, apparently went to the gas station at the behest of someone he believed to be a legitimate Chase Bank employee. Jordan said the woman told him she was trying to “correct a mistake that someone else made.”

It is believed that the victim was prepared to feed approximately $40,000 into the gas station’s cryptocurrency machine.

Only when Sgt. James Stewart of the White Settlement Police Department arrived when the woman stopped putting money into the Bitcoin ATM.

Fox 4 shared body camera footage from Sgt. Stewart, which shows the elderly woman saying she has “the bank on the phone” and believes she is “in danger.” The footage also reveals the policeman’s confrontation with the scammer on the woman’s phone.

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“Don’t click anything,” Sgt. Stewart told the man, who insisted he was a member of Chase Bank’s security team and said the woman’s situation was none of the police’s business.

“Do you really want to fight this fight with me?” the officer replied. “It’s my problem because what you’re doing is committing a crime — that makes it my problem.”

Fortunately, with Jordan and Sgt. Through Stewart’s intervention, the woman never hit the “Send” button on her sizable deposit and ended up getting all of her money back.

“This woman was only a few years older than my own mother, and I could imagine someone doing this to her,” Sgt. Stewart told ABC affiliate WFAA “We got (the woman’s) money back.”

He added: “The only thing that would have made it better is if I could have put him in jail.”

Cryptocurrency Scammers

Unfortunately, scams against the elderly are on the rise. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), financial scams and cybercrimes involving Americans age 60 and older resulted in total losses of $3.4 billion in 2023, up nearly 11% from from the previous year.

According to IC3’s 2023 analysis, some of the most common crimes against seniors include: technology assistance, personal data breach, non-payment/non-delivery, investment scams, government impersonation, credit card or check fraud, extortion and more. Cryptocurrency scams have increased particularly among the elderly and are often initiated as romance or trust scams.

It’s unclear exactly what led the Texas woman to believe she needed to deposit tens of thousands of dollars into the gas station’s Bitcoin ATM.

Whatever the case, it’s important to remember that law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, or even government agencies like the IRS will never ask you to make payments using Bitcoin or some kind of card, such as a gift card or prepaid card .

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