The North Bend Eagle


Timmons alert to phone scam

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/18/15

At 90-years-old, Sally Timmons is not an easy one to pull the wool over her eyes.

She called the Eagle to report a phone call she received on Feb. 11, around 11 a.m.

It started out with a friendly greeting, “Hi, Grandma!”

She responded with a salutation she regrets, “Hi, Bill.”

They chit-chatted a little with “Bill” saying he had a cold so he sounded different.

Then came the appeal.

“Grandma, I have bad news. I’m in trouble. I was riding in a car with a couple of guys and we got pulled over and they found marijuana in the car.”

“I suppose you want money,“ Timmons said.

The caller went on to explain that he needed money for court costs.

“You should know better,” Timmons said. “You better get yourself out. It’s not my problem.”

He again asked for money.

“You need money and you want my money and I know better. You are not my grandson,” Timmons retorted.

The caller hung up.

Timmons called the sheriff department to report the scam.

“They laughed,” Timmons said. “They said I handled it real good.”

What the caller didn’t know was that Timmons had talked to the real Bill, who was at work, that morning.

“I just want to warn other people,” Timmons said. “They are just trying to pick on old people.”

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