Recently Bob Meckley, 89, a resident at Country Meadows of York-South, was in his apartment reading the newspaper when the telephone rang. As he answered, a voice cried out,
|Bob Meckley recalls a close call with scammers|
“Dad, it’s Mike!”
And just like that, Meckley was ensnared in a telephone scam.
Confused by the unfamiliar voice, Meckley asked which Mike, referring to his friend or his youngest son.
“It’s your son. My nose was broken in an automobile accident, and I’m in jail,” the voice replied.
The urgent, muffled voice hurriedly told Meckley to write down a case number saying he couldn’t stay on the line but his attorney would call. Within minutes a call came from a man with a calm, authoritative voice who said he was Jason Cooper, an attorney with the public defender’s office. He asked Meckley for the case number, and Meckley could hear typing as the “attorney” looked it up on his computer and provided more details about the case. Meckley was shocked to learn his son failed a breathalyzer test and would need to post bail. A third caller, a friendly “bail bondsman” ultimately took Meckley’s credit card number and some other personal information.