CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. - A cab driver is being credited with saving an elderly man from falling for a con artist’s scheme.
According to Castle Shannon police, a caller tricked the 82-year-old man into believing he just won $5 million.
Investigators said the scheme told the man he needed to go to a Walmart as fast as he could to get a $500 gift card so he could win the $5 million.
“All the victim was told he had to do to claim the money was to go to Walmart, get a $500 gift card and call the number back,” Castle Shannon Police Chief Ken Truver said.
The victim told the caller that he didn’t have a form of transportation, so they called him a cab.
Dave Capizzi told Channel 11 News he showed up driving his yellow cab to pick up the man and he immediately sensed something was wrong.
“I just felt like he needed somebody who could help him understand what he was about to do wasn’t going to work,” Capizzi said.
Capizzi said he knew it was a scam as soon as the victim began telling him the details.
Investigators said his instincts were right and the scam was meant to eventually get the man’s bank account number.
“He was calmed down, but at one point I thought I was going to have to call 911 for him because he started shaking and breathing funny. I started rubbing his back to calm him down,” Capizzi said.
Police urge anyone who comes across an offer like this one that sounds far too good to be true, to alert authorities.