Nashville grandmother targeted by telephone scammer - WKRN News 2

Nashville grandmother targeted by telephone scammer


An area grandmother is warning other senior citizens after she was targeted by a telephone scammer wanting money for free food.

Victim Annie Murphy said on November 5 the caller claimed to be with the Metro Health Department's assistance program and asked for a $189 donation to help provide food to low income families, which the grandmother of 18 is a participant of.

"I felt so hurt. She said Metro Food Services is having a hard time now," Murphy recalled.

After giving the caller her banking information, Murphy said she got suspicious and called the warehouse manager for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which is administered by the Metro Health Department.

Upon calling the food program, Murphy was told the caller was a fraud.

"Commodity Foods does not charge for food package. [It] never has. It's a federal funded program that we distribute and that is run by the Metro Health Department," explained warehouse manager Carolyn Boyce.

She continued, "It's also an embarrassment to our division that someone wants to represent us as collecting money for something we do not do."

Murphy said her son was able to have the bank stop the check before it was cashed.

"If she did it to me, she is going to do it to other people," Murphy said.

The Metro Health Department is also reminding everyone involved in the Commodity Supplement Food Program is free and if anyone asks them for money to say no and call authorities immediately.

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