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80-Year-Old Senior Gets Back At Her Scammer

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80-year-old Ruth O'Leary loves to garden, rescue geese and take care of her hens. But she never expected to be dealing with scammers.

"Ok James, like I told you, I won't do anything until I see if the check clears," O'Leary tells the caller.

For the past month, Ruth has been getting calls from a man named James who says she's won 2.5 million dollars.

"You trust me then, you send me the money and then I'll send you the amount back," O'Leary says to him.

"I shouldn't be begging you so much, sweetheart. This is for your own good," he replies.

But no matter how hard he tries, he isn't pulling a fast one on Ruth.

"I knew right away," says O'Leary.

Even though she's told him she knows it's a scam, he tries a new trick every day to convince her it's real.

"'Sweetheart,' he said, ‘I'm in love with you,' and I said, ‘You're out of your mind,'" recalls O'Leary.

And what's even crazier is that Ruth got the con-artist to send her money.

"Then he said, 'I'll prove to you, I'll send you an overnight and I'll send you $50 dollars in cash and I'll send you a check for $4,000,'" says O'Leary.

So now, Ruth has a fake check for $4000 that the scammer wants her to deposit and immediately wire him $3000 of it back. When people fall for this type of scam, they usually send the money before realizing the check is fake, but not this time.

"He said, ‘Ok then, you send my $50 dollars back,' and I said, ‘No, I'm not sending it back for all the trouble I've gone through answering the phone,'" describes Ruth.

It's been days, and the scammer keeps asking.

"'No way, I'm keeping the $50,' and he said, ‘I will call police and have you arrested.' I said, ‘Oh, ok, go ahead.' I said, ‘In fact, I'll call the police for you if you want me to, and we'll see who's arrested," O'Leary recalls.

Police tell Ruth that the only way she can get the scammer to stop calling is to change her phone number.

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