A 73-year-old grandmother outsmarted a scammer who pretended to be her grandson, requesting her to make an $8000 bail bond to free him from jail.
The woman from Seaford, who asked only to be identified as Jean, became suspicious when she received a call from a man claiming to be her grandson. She later received a second call from a fake lawyer asking for $8,000 for her grandson’s bail.
That’s when the woman decided to lure the suspected scammer to her home where police arrested him in a dramatic takedown caught on her doorbell camera.
“Apparently they thought they had the big fish, they actually thought I was gonna give them money,” said Jean.
The man on the phone said he was in a car accident and got arrested for drunk driving and needed to be bailed out of jail.
The grandmother of seven knew instantly it was a scam, but instead of hanging up like she normally would, Jean decided to play along.
A man impersonating a bail bondsman arrived at Jean’s home to collect the cash. Video footage from her doorbell camera shows Jean handing him an envelope stuffed with paper towels.
As the man turns to leave, waiting Nassau County police officers tackles him to the ground and arrest him.
The man was identified as 28-year-old Joshua Estrella Gomez, of Mineola. He was charged attempted grand larceny in the third degree.