In the nick of time, a domestic helper saved her elderly employer from being bilked of HK$150,000 (US$19,310).
A swindler phoned the 77-year-old woman, surnamed Chiu, on Monday, saying he had abducted her grandson and demanding a ransom of HK$150,000.
If she didn’t pay up, the caller said, he would hurt the young man, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
The frightened grandmother took the scammer at his word.
Her 36-year-old domestic helper noticed something was wrong and followed Chiu as she left home.
At around 1 p.m., the elderly woman took a bag of cash and went to pay the ransom at the agreed meeting point on Junction Road in Kowloon City.
She looked tense and afraid all the way.
When the scammer appeared and prepared to take the ransom, the maid rushed to confront the man and yelled at him.
Realizing the game was up, the swindler ran away.
Chiu then realized it was a scam.
She called her grandson and confirmed that he was safe and sound.
The scammer wore sunglasses, a black shirt and blue jeans and had short, brown hair, the two women told police.
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