Boynton Beach woman claims caller told her husband was in car accident, but it wasn't true

Woman told to show up at ER with cash

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - The emergency scam--it's been around for a long time.

Grandparents have long been the target, but a Boynton Beach woman says scammers have a new twist to steal your money.

It's a phone call that shook up this Boynton Beach woman so much, she asked us not to disclose her identity.

For this story, we'll call her Jackie.

"Someone on the phone said ma'am your husband and I got in a car accident", said Jackie.

Jackie panicked, and the demands started.

"Essentially they had my husband. He was injured and they were not going to release him until I showed up with money", Jackie said.

In most rip-offs, you're asked to wire money or buy a pre-paid debit card.

But, in this case, the caller wanted the victim to show up at the closest emergency room with cash.

"That initial fear takes over and then when they started asking more questions like where can we take your husband and bring money I was like ok this is a scam.  I feel kind of violated", said Jackie.

Violated, but armed with knowledge she wants others to know.

"Be very careful and cautious and even though your emotions are there at first, think it through", said Jackie.

Before you fall for one of these fake injury stories that tug at your emotions, make a few phone calls.

Never give money to someone you don't know.

And when in doubt, call police.

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