Senior Citizen Scammed for Big Heart

Paul Ogburn Sr is a man that everyone should have the privilege of knowing. He is 90 years young and has one of the biggest hearts that you can imagine. He has spent his life putting others needs before his own. 

On October 17, 2019 grandpa was involved in a horrific scam that is geared toward the elderly. He received a phone call from a man that said he was his great grandson Daniel (22 years old). Daniel told Grandpa that he was in New Jersey at a wedding and was in a car accident. He said he had broken his nose and that is the reason his voice sounded so different. Daniel told him that he was at fault for the accident and was put in jail. He explained that he did not want his parents to find out and asked Grandpa to bail him out of jail at the cost of $2,000 with the promise to pay him back as soon as he was released. Grandpa was quite concerned about Daniel and, not suspecting any type of scam, quickly followed instructions and sent the money as instructed (cash via FedEx). After he sent the money he called Daniel’s family in Michigan and found out he was the victim of an awful scam geared toward the big hearted elderly. 

Now, for a little history about the relationship between Grandpa Paul and Daniel. Daniel was Grandpa’s first Great Grandchild. Daniel lived in Michigan and Grandpa was a farmer in Idaho. Daniel would visit every summer during his younger years and they developed a very close relationship. Daniel took his very first steps in Grandpa’s living room. He rode tractor with Grandpa, learned how to ride a snowmobile, named all the horses and cows, and loved sitting on his lap listening to stories about Grandpa growing up in Oklahoma. Needless to say, Daniel holds a special place in Grandpa's heart. 

I am asking for people to donate to help raise the funds that Grandpa selflessly gave to help his grandson. Grandpa does not have extra money, he has to live a very frugal life. Last year he lost his loving wife of 64 years and, since that time, funds are especially tight. I know that Grandpa’s heart is big enough that he would do without things he needs (medication and such) to help those he loves. He should not have to suffer because someone took advantage of him. Grandpa would never ask for help, he is much to proud for that. I am hoping to surprise him with this money for his 91st birthday on November 13th. 

I am also asking that you have discussions with those that you love about scams that are out there. Talk about different ways that people will call and ask for money. Instruct them to NEVER send money without talking to someone else, even if they feel that a family member might be in danger. 

I appreciate you considering helping Grandpa. He is only in this situation because of his loving and trusting heart towards others. Let’s bless this man the way he has blessed so many others.



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Breck Reinsma 
Hudsonville, MI
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