New England ‘Boy Meets World’ Star Will Friedle Exposes Police Scam
It might be tough for some to grasp, but celebrities really aren't all that different from us. They sleep, they eat, they have bills to pay -- they just have way more money to pay bills than we do (if they're successful.)
They also get scam attempts brought to them, too, just like we do. And the proof came from New England's own Will Friedle, who may be best known for playing Eric Matthews on Boy Meets World back in the 90s into May 2000 when the show ended.
Because on the latest episode of his podcast will fellow Boy Meets World co-stars Danielle Fishel (Topanga) and Rider Strong (Shawn), Pod Meets World, Will mentioned how he intercepted a scam attempt against his parents.
The latest episode of Pod Meets World, titled Blake Clark Meets World, starts with Will talking about visiting his parents in Connecticut (he was born in Hartford and grew up in Avon, according to his IMDb bio), and picking up a phone call (made to a landline) that was meant for his elderly(ish) parents.
Will mentioned that the person on the other end of the phone was a grown man hysterically sobbing so much that he couldn't even make out what the man was saying, until the person on the other end identified himself as his brother, Greg, and that he was getting arrested after being involved in a really bad accident and the police would fill him in.
The "police" went on to tell Will that Greg had been in an accident where the person he crashed into was seriously injured and because the cause was Greg texting and driving, he was being arrested.
When Will kept urging the "police" to let him talk to his brother, they kept saying he was in the back of the police car so he couldn't talk, but a lawyer would follow up with information about the bail bond and more.
Still shocked and confused, along with his parents who he was filling in during the whole phone call, Will heard the other end of the call hang up, only to receive another one a couple of minutes later from the "lawyer" who mentioned that the bond to bail Greg out of jail had been set at $12,500.
And that's when Will and his parents put the phone on mute and realized it was all a scam, because what the jackholes trying to scam Will's poor parents out of money didn't realize was that both parents were long-term attorneys in the area. Will said his father mentioned there was on way it was legit "if Greg is still in the back of the police car, they wouldn't have already set bond."
While the phone was on mute, the scammers hung up before calling back again a few minutes later, pretending to be the police once again and asking if the lawyer had reached out with information about the bond.
And that's when Will decided to turn it around, going on a 30-60 second rant about how they were going to take gold bars they found, melt them down into gold coins, and continued to tell the tale before finally asking the scammers if they "realized yet that (they knew) this is a scam?"
Will said after he asked the question, the scammers hung up the phone and never called back. He also mentioned shortly after, they had reached out to Greg, who picked up the phone and had been shoveling his driveway the entire time since it all happened the day last week when New England got hit with another snowstorm.
So, let Will's experience be a lesson to you that if you have a landline still (which, no offense, probably means you have some life experience and you're not in your 20s-40s) or you have someone in your life with a landline, be ready for a scam like this.
And if it happens, maybe try and reach out to whoever is "the victim" while you're on the phone with the scammer to make sure the person they're pretending to be in your life truly is okay and hasn't actually been in an accident.
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