Scamming the Scammers

By NBC News

Published 09/05 2013 11:30AM

Updated 09/05 2013 11:32AM

(KHQ)  There are dozens of scammers that prey on the elderly, thinking they will be an easy target. However, one woman in Priest River, Idaho turned the tables on the scammer and is not falling for what he keeps telling her over the phone.

Ruth O'Leary is an 80-year-old who loves to garden, rescue geese, and take care of her hens. However, she never expected to have to deal with a scammer calling her four or even five times a day.

For the past month, Ruth has been receiving calls from a man named James who says she has won $2.5 million dollars. All she has to do to claim it, is to first send him money for the winnings.

"You trust me," the scammer says over the phone. "Then, you send me the money and then I'll send you the amount back."

However, no matter how hard he tries, this con-artist is not pulling a fast one on Ruth.

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