Published: Aug 11, 2011 11:14 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2011 11:18 PM EDT

ESTERO, FL- An 87-Year old man is telling WINK news he played right into a scam that took advantage of his love for his son.

Cliford Dryden got a call he thought was from his son Tim, saying he was in jail in the Dominican Republic. Dryden sent him $2,000 through Western Union. Tim called again to ask for more money. When the dedicated dad went to send more cash, a Publix employee, trained to spot a scam, spoke up.

Dryden says the Publix employee told him, "Whoa hold it, Mr. Dryden, you're being scammed."
He adds, "It was a $2,000 lesson that I learned, I could have learned with a lot less than that, but that's what it took."

Dryden got ahold of his other son John who told him Tim was not in jail and had not left the country.