For recognizing a scam
The recipient of this week's piggy award: A Big Y supermarket clerk, who helped a Connecticut woman from falling victim to a scam.
Our little blue friend is headed to Plainville, Conn. This week, a woman nearly fell victim to what police are calling the "grandparent scam." Someone calls late at night pretending to be a relative in distress and badly in need of cash. The scammer tells the victim -- usually a senior citizen -- to go to Western Union and transfer money. A woman in Plainville was about to do just that at a Western Union housed in a Big Y supermarket.
But a well-trained clerk became suspicious and called the police instead, which is why we're sending a piggy to Plainville and Big Y superclerk Amy Allard. Would a robot have recognized the signs of a scam? We think not!