NEW YORK: An Indian-origin taxi driver saved an elderly woman from being scammed out of $25,000 in California. He will be bestowed with ‘great citizen award‘, declared police.
The owner of Roseville cab, Raj Singh picked up a 92-year-old woman, who said that she was going to a bank to withdraw a large sum of money to settle an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) debt, reports CNN on Sunday.
This sound suspicious to Raj Singh, who picked her up two weeks ago. So, he suggested to the woman that this may be a scam. But she didn’t believe him. He pleaded with the woman to reconsider. So they both agreed to stop by the Roseville Police Station to ask an officer, said the Roseville Police Station in a Facebook post.
Raj requested the police officer to speak with the woman while she waited in the cab.
And then the officer spoke with the woman, after which she believed that it was a scam, said the post.
“I am an honest guy, and these are old people. They need help,” Singh, was quoted as saying by an American channel on Thursday.
In fact, Singh called on the number the woman gave him and asked the man, ‘Do you know this lady?’ He said no, Raj Singh said.
“I knew something was wrong.”
So, Singh pressed the man, and the man hung upon him. And the number blocked them after repeated calls, Singh was quoted as saying in a report.
The police department said that Singh deserved a “great citizen award” fort hood quick-thinking behaviour.
“His quick thinking saved a senior citizen $25,000 and for that, we greatly appreciate his efforts,” police said.
Thanking him for what he did, Police also gave Raj Singh a $50 gift card.