There have probably been fraud artists since there was something worth defrauding people of. Even the devil in the Garden of Eden scammed Eve into munching the forbidden apple; although why Adam was dumb enough to go along I’ll never understand. Currently a particularly insidious fraudster is allegedly hiding out here in Montreal. Daniel Marcotte is on the run from California police for his role in what is called a “Grandma I’m in Jail” scam. It seems Marcotte calls up older women and posing as one of their grandchildren convinces them he’s in jail and needs money.
Even the devil in the Garden of Eden scammed Eve into munching the forbidden apple
If you’re thinking this method of squeezing cash from the elderly is a long-shot, consider he has already screwed people out of about $100,000. Even a sharp-witted grandparent, upon hearing that their grandchild is in trouble, may give this guy a few minutes on the phone and away he goes. Throw in a “bad” telephone connection and a bit of panic, and who knows what this jerk can wheedle out of frightened folks.
He shouldn’t be too hard to spot around town as Detective Mariana Martinez of California’s Seal Beach police told Montreal’s The Gazette.
Marcotte has tattoos on his collar bones that read 514 and MTL, the word “Inevitable” inked down the right side of his torso, and a piercing just under his lower lip. He is known to live a lavish lifestyle, claims to be a celebrity chef and takes on various aliases. His last known whereabouts were in the Montreal area, driving a white 2002 Honda Odyssey,
The Seal Beach police go on to point out that Marcotte may do anything to avoid being caught, so if you see a guy with those tats your best bet is the telephone, not confrontation. And if your grandson calls wanting help getting out of prison, ask him the name of his first cat, or dog, or a favorite sports figure. Unless of course you know for a fact he’s in prison!