However, after he went to transfer the money with the help from Walmart cashier Audrella Taylor, something told her that this situation didn’t seem right — it looked like a typical scam. Audrella asked Cecil if the attorney contacted his grandson’s mother or if the grandson had gotten in direct contact with him? Cecil replied “no” to both. These answers were her first warning sign; another red flag was that the attorney told Cecil not to inform anybody else in his family about what had happened.
But, immediately after Audrella had a conversation with Cecil, he realized that the call was, in fact, a scam. It was the woman’s right judgment that helped him keep his $2,300.
While Cecil ended up lucky in this situation, not everyone is. It is estimated that up to 4 million people get scammed each year, whether that be through phone calls, e-mails, letters in the mail, social media, advertisements, or via other sources. Prize-winning, arrest, and IRS tax scams are all very common; the elderly are often the most common target.
Overall, it is essential that we are all aware of scams and use rational thinking through fishy situations like the Walmart cashier in this story.
Watch the video below to learn more about Audrella’s good deed! (We truly need more people like her in the world.)