My own mother received just such a phone request from a non existent grandchild at least 9 or 10 months ago, and she worried that some one of her elderly friends might be more successfully taken advantage of. She asked me to call the APD to give them a "heads up" about the scam, and so I immediately dialed the non emergency number for the APD dispatch to relay our mutual concern. Dispatch was NOT interested in my call--they already "knew all about it and had already heard from my mother". My mother had made NO call to APD!! I worry that instead, some other elderly lady (or perhaps several) had phoned in to report similar experiences that day, and that dispatch did not take any of them seriously. I certainly was made to feel foolish for trying to help the APD to do what I thought their function was- and so for me the issue was just dropped. I regret that I did not bother to report my frustration with dispatch to Chief Guerra, although I believe I did leave a message for Gruber with no response.
If I had been bolder, or spoken up louder, or figured out who might actually listen--then maybe some of our residents could have been better protected from this than they were.
Maybe the APD's automated warning calls would have gone out a lot sooner.
I thought it was very brave and most commendable of the resident victims who came forward to be interviewed openly about their experience in order to protect their fellow citizens.
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