Reporting Ian Schwartz
WOODLAND (CBS13) – She’s almost 100 years old and one of Yolo County’s best when it comes to spotting scams.
This is not your average grandmother. Not only is she computer savvy, but she’s a crime fighter helping law enforcement call out one scam artist at a time.
“On the 27th (of December), I’ll be 100,” said Katherine Kelly.
At 99 years old, she certainly wasn’t born yesterday. So when scammers try to play her for a fool at her Woodland home, they don’t get very far.
“I said I don’t pay out money to get money, so then they hang up,” said Kelly of one scam call she received.
But it doesn’t end there. She then picks up the phone and calls the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.
“She is one of the sharpest people I know,” said Dave Edwards.
For years she has worked with Edwards at the DA’s office, alerting them to scams that come her way.
He says she’s an invaluable tool too, keeping up with the growing ways people try to steal your money.
“The crooks now use the Internet, computers, cell phones and texts,” said Edwards.
They try to get you over the phone, through email and paper mail, but Kelly has seen it all.
“I get letters that say you’ve won millions of dollars,” she said.
Her advice to others on scams, if it seems too good to be true, it is.
But what everyone really wants to know is her secret to such a long life.
“I keep happy. I have a positive attitude,” Kelly said. “I love life. I love what I’m doing. I love where I live.”