Elderly man warns of scam

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In today's society there are always people out there looking to take advantage of your and your wallet.  In fact, one Jonesboro man is the recent target of a scam where the people running the scam used his love for his granddaughter against him.  Earl Pipkin, Senior got a call a couple of weeks ago from a girl claiming to be in trouble.  The girl told Pipkin she was in a jail in Canada and needed his help.

"A girl called and pretended to be my grandchild but the voice and all didn't match," said Pipkin.

Pipkin said that's where he started asking questions.

"She didn't want to tell her name.  She was waiting for you the person all to ask her, "Is that you?'," said Pipkin.

While he's not disclosing her name or location, Pipkin does have a 14-year-old granddaughter and like any grandparent he immediately started to worry.

"At first I thought it could have been," said Pipkin.

The caller claimed she needed $2,675 for bail to keep the arrest off her record.  He said she begged him not to contact her parents or any other family members saying she was afraid to get into trouble.  Pipkin said he didn't want to take any chances so he called his son.

"He went right to the school and had the girl in the car and called us back and said there was nothing to it that it was fictitious," said Pipkin.

Pipkin contacted the Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department about the calls hoping to save someone else from becoming a victim.

"There's all kinds of people out there weirdos and all that try to pull all kinds of things to get money but it don't always work out like they planned for it too," said Pipkin.

Any time you receive a suspicious phone call or get a check for prize money for a contest you never signed up for it's important that you question it because it could be a scam.

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