Long Island’s quick-thinking grandmother turned the tables upon a suspected elder fraudster after he phoned her last week pretending to be her grandson, in dire need of bail money due to a DUI conviction. 

Jean, a Seaford woman from New York, identified herself to the women and saw right through this ruse.  

‘He starts calling me “grandma,” and then I’m like, I don’t have a grandson that drives, so I knew it was a scam,’ Jean told CBS New York. 

Jean, a retired 911 operator, decided to take the bait and trap him instead of hanging on.

Jean, 73, a grandmother-of-seven retired 911 operator from Long Island, last week helped the police catch a suspected elder scammer by luring him to her home

Jean, aged 73, is a retired Long Island 911 operator. She lured a suspect elder scammer to her Long Island home.

A Ring camera at Jean's home in Seaford captured the suspect arriving to collect $8,000 in cash towards her bogus grandson's bail

Jean’s Seaford house was captured by Ring cameras. It showed the suspect arriving at Jean’s to receive $8,000 cash for her fake grandson’s bail. 

This image shows the suspect walking away with a yellow envelope containing paper towels instead of cash

The suspect is seen in this image walking off with a yellow envelope that contains paper towels and cash. 

Police officers were lying in wait and arrested the suspect on the spot

The suspect was arrested on the spot by police officers who were lying to wait 

Jean’s scheme was caught on camera by the doorbell camera. Jean turned his back to flee, and two officers from Nassau County confronted him. They had an envelope filled with newspaper towels rather than $8,000 bail money.

Joshua Estrella Gómez (28), a suspect in attempted grand larceny was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department.

Gomez was given an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to return to court February 3.

The authorities say that the incident started on Thursday morning when Jean received a phone call from an unknown man who claimed to be Jean’s grandson.

The conman was tackled to the ground on Jean's lawn as she coolly looked on

Arrest at Jean's home in Seaford, NY

Jean saw the cool look on Jean as the conman fell to Jean’s ground. 

Reports News 12: The caller claimed that he was drunk driving and had caused an accident that resulted in the injury of a woman. 

Newsday reports that Jean’s seven grandchildren, who are all either elementary- or middle-school students, do not drive.   

The 73 year-old grandmother received another call shortly after that from Matt Levine, claiming to represent her grandson. He asked her for $8,000 toward her grandson’s bail.

Joshua Estrella Gomez, 28, from Mineola, who was arrested on Thursday on a charge of attempted grand larceny

Joshua Estrella Gomez (28), from Mineola was charged with attempted grand theft.

Another caller called Jean, this time identifying himself to be Jean’s grandson’s bail bail bondman. The man informed Jean she was at Seaford, where he wanted the bail money.

‘I told him I had the money in the house, and I figured, he’s not going to fall for that. Jean shared his laughter with CBS New York, saying that he did fall for the hook and sinker.

Jean reported the scam quickly to the police.

When Gomez reached the home of the woman to get the bail money, two police officers had already arrived.

Ring video depicts Gomez dressed in a tan jacket, beanie-hat, and facemask arriving at Jean’s doorstep. Jean then gives her a yellow envelope with paper towels.

Unsuspecting conman turns and leaves with his loot. A pair of officers in uniform emerge from hiding, grab him, then pound him on Jean’s lawn. The homeowner watches from her porch.

Jean realized that Jean didn’t really know the reason she contacted the scammer to invite him to her house instead of hanging up on the phone as she had done so many times.

Jean said to NBC New York, “Bored grandma 1 bad guy 0,” with a chuckle.

Jean was praised by Patrick Ryder, Nassau Police Commissioner. He also suggested that Jean should be appointed as a commissioner.

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder praised Jean during a press conference on Friday, joking that she should be deputized as a commissioner

Jean was praised by Patrick Ryder, Nassau Police Commissioner. He joked that Jean should be made a deputy commissioner

Ryder spoke out about criminal preying upon the elderly. Ryder stated that these individuals are able to sit at home and do nothing but to imagine ways they can take advantage.

Jean’s son claimed that Jean was proud of Jean because she helped to bring down a criminal. But he said that he would prefer if Jean hung up than continuing with the subterfuge.

Jean stated, “I was just playing a video game. It was fun.” Jean said, “I was playing a game. It was entertaining.” The guy was going to catch me lying. He believed me, so I must have been pretty smart.   

What to do if scammers are trying to fleece you and your senior relatives  

FBI lists Grandparent scams, such as Jean’s, as an example of how vulnerable seniors can be conned by pretending their loved ones are in financial difficulty.

You may also find other common ways to trick people into thinking they are your romantic match. For example, you might pose as a member of the tech support team or lottery agent and claim you can be reunited with a large amount. In return, however, bank information that would lead to the reverse happening. 

FBI urges Americans to stop contacting anyone they believe may be scammers or have made unrequested contact that makes them uncomfortable.

For more details about the scammer, search online. Type in their email address and phone number.

You can often find details of others who are having the same experience with the con online. This will confirm your suspicions. 

Do not send money, personal information or any other valuables to anyone you do not know.

Verify that your antivirus and malware software are current.

You should immediately close your computer if you see a suspicious-looking popup. 

Pop-ups on locked devices, such as tablets or phones with screens, have been warned by the FBI to be cautious. These pop ups can lead to identity theft.

The Bureau should be contacted immediately if it appears that you are being scammed. 

Find details about your nearest location online Field office, submit a TipYou can also file an online complaint or submit a formal complaint at the FBI Crime Complaint Center.