An old Japanese lady received a cold call from a young stranger asking for money pretending himself as her grandson. The old lady noticed it was one of the “it’s me, it’s me scam” (ORE ORE SAGI オレオレ詐欺) a crime getting popular in Japan.
She asked what happened and he said he caused a car accident and she was the only person he could ask for help. She asked how much he needed and he replied “one million Yen (US$10,000)”.
He said his friend will be at her house and that friend will call her in a minute to ask for directions to her house.
The call came and she gave directions to her house.
She was visited by a young man and gave him an enclosed envelope which she put the money, not $10,000, but $300 with a letter saying “I know that you are not my grandson, but since you must be having a very hard time I will give you this money. Eat something good and try to think what you can do for yourself.”.
The story continues, after several weeks she found an envelope in her mail box, an envelope with $300 and a piece of paper written “I am so sorry.”.
I cried when I read this.