On Tuesday, while shovelling snow from the driveway of the (more) senior lady next door, she came out to wait for a taxi ride to the bank. We began to chat, and without going into detail, I gleaned information that indicated to me she was being scammed for what was supposed to be pre-payment for the taxes on her randomly selected windfall of 1.8 million dollars and a new Mercedes, under the guise of a well known entity that I won’t name here, so to not besmirch the name of the legitimate company. I gently explained to her that I believed she was the victim of fraud, but she wouldn’t hear of it. I excused myself on the premise that I was finished shovelling and needed to use my washroom. I phoned the police and quickly relayed my suspicion. The dispatcher did not hesitate and sent an officer right away. In fact, the taxi my neighbour ordered arrived before the officer did by about sixty seconds and I notified dispatch. I was still talking to them when the cruiser whipped past my house lights a blazing. He stopped her to explain his concern, at which time she was adamant she was doing the right thing. While interviewing me later, the responding officer indicated that he attended the bank and was able to have the bank manager deny the transfer of funds she wished to make until confirmation of a legitimate destination could be confirmed. Sadly, I also learned that she was already taken for a substantial amount that she had in another bank. The officer didn’t disclose the amount because of course it’s not my business. Today my neighbour asked me into her home to talk. She told me that she now understands that she was being manipulated and thanked me for stepping in. Without prompting she told me the amount transferred from the other bank was $27,000! Fortunately, that bank was able to immediately recover $7000 on her behalf, and freeze the other $20,000 at the bank it was destined for before it could be withdrawn. I’m confident it will be returned to her in due course. The police continue to investigate. I’m very glad that I was in the right place at the right time to be able to intercede, and applaud my local police service for its unhesitant response. Please remind everyone you know, particularly seniors, that if it seems too good to be true it likely is, get other’s opinions at the slightest hint of suspicious activity, and if the (suspected) fraudster counsels secrecy, as in this case, run in the other direction.