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Cab driver goes above and beyond

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/17/20, 10:55 am

Alarm bells began to go off in cab driver Rajbir Singh’s head two weeks ago when his elderly passenger told him she was headed to the bank to withdraw a large amount of cash. He tried to convince the 92-year-old Roseville, Calif., woman that the person who called her asking for $25,000 to pay off a debt to the IRS was a scammer.

Was he able to stop her? He got the phone number of the man posing as an IRS employee and called him. The man who answered hung up when Singh began pressing him for details. When that didn’t convince the woman, he drove her to a police station, where an officer explained someone was scamming her. Singh then drove her home. “I am an honest guy, and these are old people,” he told CNN. “They need help.”

A week later, the police station gave the cab driver a $50 gift card to thank him. “Several times throughout, Raj could have just taken his customer to her stop and not worried about her well-being,” the Roseville Police Department posted on Facebook. “His quick thinking saved a senior citizen $25,000, and for that, we greatly appreciate his efforts.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 10:36 am

    The sad thing is the it will probably happen again to that woman unless her children or some other trusted individual doesn't take over her finances.  Many older people get to where they can't discern that someone is scamming them..