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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2020

(Left) Roseville Police Dept

Rajbir Singh, a taxi driver in Roseville, California, was recently honored by his local police department for thwarting a scammer who had targeted a 92-year-old woman.

The woman had called Singh to give her a ride to the bank. She told him that she needed to withdraw $25,000 to settle a debt with the IRS.

Singh was immediately suspicious and called the number of the person posing as an IRS employee. The person denied contacting the woman and eventually blocked Singh’s calls.

The woman still didn’t believe that it was a scam, so Singh drove her to the police station, where a police officer convinced her. The police department praised Singh for his concern and rewarded him with a $50 gift card.

“I am an honest guy, and these are old people,” Singh told CNN. “They need help. It just made sense.”

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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