By COLlive reporter
A frightening and troubling incident occurred to a Crown Heights resident on Tuesday, and his family wishes to warn all residents to avoid a similar fate.
The elderly Lubavitcher man, who lives in Crown Heights, received a phone call on Tuesday which filled him with fear.
A man on the phone told him, “We have your grandson [using his full name] and we will not let him go until you pay us $10,000 in cash.”
They told the 80-year-old grandfather that they took hold of his grandson after he struck a pregnant woman while driving. The woman had lost her baby due to her injuries, they stated.
“They said she would not press charges if he would pay $10,000,” a relative of the grandfather told COLlive.com.
The caller then transferred the phone to the “grandson” who began pleading with the grandfather, whom he called “Zaidy,” to help him out and pay the ransom. The young man also begged him not to tell his parents, that he didn’t want them to know.
The caller then got back on the phone and threatened that if the elderly man told anyone in the family or the police, they would press charges and he would be arrested.
Terrified about the fate of his grandson, the grandfather immediately borrowed the full amount of money. He called them back and provided his address for pick up.
A man soon showed up at his door, whom he describes as “Italian” looking, and grabbed the money from him. He then ran quickly away from the house on foot.
When the grandfather called his grandson, the youngster had no idea what he was talking about. The call was a scam.
“The house doesn’t have surveillance cameras, so we have no way of identifying him,” the family told COLlive.com. “We want to warn everyone to be extra vigilant, do not make any payments to anyone before confirming that the request is legitimate.”
They also say that people should warn their parents and elderly relatives of this scam, and explain to them how it works.
“We have heard of this happening in other neighborhoods in New York, and in Miami as well,” they said.