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Cab Driver Keeps Elderly Woman From Being Scammed

When he heard the woman's situation, he went out of his way to make sure she didn't make a big mistake.

When cab driver Rajbir Singh picked up an elderly passenger to take her to the bank last week in Roseville, CA, they got to talking.

The 92-year-old woman said she was going to the bank to withdraw $25,000 to pay for a debt she had with the IRS.

Singh thought the situation sounded fishy, so he asked the woman to reconsider – or, at least to look into it further.

"I am an honest guy, and these are old people. They need help," Singh, the owner of Roseville Cab, told CNN. "It just made sense."

The woman told Singh that someone had called and asked her for the money, but when he asked if it was a family member or someone she knew personally, she didn't answer.

Singh convinced her to let him call the number of the person who was asking her for the money. When he did, he pushed the person to tell him who he was, and how he knew the 92-year-old woman who was about to hand over $25,000.

The man quickly hung up on Singh, and when he called back, the number was blocked.

Even after all of that, the woman was still uncertain, so Singh pleaded with her to go to the police station and speak with someone who could help her.

City of Roseville, California Police Department/Facebook

When they got to the Roseville Police Department, Singh explained the situation to one of the officers, who then spoke with the woman about the dangers of being scammed by people posing as IRS employees.

The conversation with the officer worked, and the woman changed her mind about making the withdrawal.

The Roseville Police Department later shared the story in a Facebook post where they presented Singh with a "great citizen award" for stopping the woman, a complete stranger, from becoming the victim of a scam.

"We love this story because several times throughout, Raj could have just taken his customer to her stop and not worried about her wellbeing," the department wrote. "He took time from his day and had the great forethought to bring the almost-victim to the police station for an official response."

After his passenger made her statement, Singh took her back to her home and dropped her off. A week later, the police station asked Singh to return. They gave him a $50 gift card as a reward to thank him for doing what he did.

We're sure the passenger is also thankful for Singh's efforts that saved her from losing $25,000. Job well done!

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Singh's incredible act of kindness? You can help yourself, and others, by being aware of IRS scammers, like the one Singh's passenger was targeted by.

To read more about scams targeting taxpayers and how to recognize the telltale signs of a scam, check out this article from the IRS.

If you do receive a suspicious IRS-related call or email, be sure to report it and block the number.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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