Elderly couple grateful to Giant Eagle employee for saving them from costly scam

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A husband and wife in their 80’s speaking out to Fox 8 about how a store clerk save them from a big money scam.

Martha and Al, who asked us not to use their last name, say they were ready to wire $2,100 to Chile on Thursday because they thought their grandson was in trouble.

“I got a call telling me my grandson was in jail in Cleveland and he could get out if I paid $2,100,” Al said. “It didn’t seem right to us but I would do anything for my family and I wanted to help him.”

His wife said they went to the bank and got the money. They were told they needed to go to a Giant Eagle in North Ridgeville and wire the money to Chile.

“We tried to get a hold of my grandson but couldn’t so we decided we should go and send the money,” Martha said.

When they got to the Giant Eagle and told the clerk, Miranda Ulisky, they needed to wire the money to Chile, she refused.

“She said this is a scam and I am calling police for you so I said ok,” Al told us Friday.

The couple along with North Ridgeville police are very grateful that Ulisky notified law enforcement.

“We try and take care of each other her in North Ridgeville and Miranda did just that,” said Lt. Greg Petak, of the North Ridgeville police department.

Martha and Al said this Giant Eagle is now their favorite store.

“I want to go and thank her in person,” Martha said.

Dan Donovan, Director of Corporate Communications with Giant Eagle, said the company is dedicated to providing customers with a safe and convenient shopping experience.

“We are proud to see these values brought to life by Team Member Miranda Ulisky whose recent actions are a wonderful example of the commitment to customer service demonstrated by our Team Members on a daily basis,” Donovan said. “We extend our sincere thanks to both Miranda and the North Ridgeville Police Department.”

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