Taxi driver goes out of his way to save a 92-year-old woman from being scammed out of $25,000
via City of Roseville, California Police Department

Rajbir "Raj" Singh, the owner of Roseville Cab in northern California, is being hailed as a hero for helping a 92-year-old woman from being scammed out of $25,000.


Singh picked up the woman at Sun City, a retirement community, and she said she was going to the bank to get $25,000 to settle a debt with the Internal Revenue Service.

"This sounded very suspicious to Raj so he suggested to the woman, this may be a scam," the Roseville Police Department said in a Facebook post.

But the woman didn't believe that Raj's suspicions were true. So he called the number of the man who was posing as an IRS agent and asked, "'Do you know this lady?" The man said he did not. "I knew something was wrong," Singh said.

Singh says the man on the other end of the line seemed nervous and, after repeated calls, blocked his number.

The woman still didn't believe Singh.

"Raj pleaded with the woman to reconsider so they agreed to stop by the Roseville Police Station to ask an officer," the police department said.

When the officer at the Police station explained the situation to the woman, she finally believed it was 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," Roseville police said. "He took time from his day and had the great forethought to bring the almost-victim to the police station for an official response."

In a statement, the Roseville police said Singh deserved a "great citizen award."

"His quick thinking saved a senior citizen $25,000 and for that, we greatly appreciate his efforts," police said. The police officers later asked Singh to visit the station where he was awarded a $50 gift card for his efforts.

via City of Roseville, California Police Department

According to the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, government-impostor scams have reached the "highest levels we have on record." In the past five years, the FTC has received 1.3 million reports of government-impostor scams.

Six percent of those reported resulted in someone losing money.

The most popular form of government-impostor scammers claim to be from the Social Security Administration or the Internal revenue Services. The calls often sound like this:

"The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that there is a legal enforcement action filed on your Social Security number for fraudulent activity so before this matter goes to the state courthouse and before you get arrested if you need any information or have any questions kindly call us back at …"

Younger people are more likely to fall victim to these types of scams. However, those who are 80 and older report the highest average loss of around $2,700 per scam.

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Inside the walls of her kitchen at her childhood home in Guatemala, Evelyn Klohr, the founder of a Washington, D.C.-area bakery called Kakeshionista, was taught a lesson that remains central to her business operations today.

"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

That program gave Klohr the ability to fully immerse herself in the baking industry within a professional kitchen facility and receive training in an array of subjects including culinary skills, food safety, career development and English language classes.

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This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

via Loren Javier / Flickr

A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.