GRANDPARENTS TARGETED IN PHONE SCAM

GRANDPARENTS TARGETED IN PHONE SCAM

An old phone scam that is making the rounds again. It’s called the “grandparents scam,” because the caller pretends to be the victim’s grandchild. The “Hi Grandma, it’s me” scam starts with a phone call from a “grandchild” in urgent need of money because they’re in jail in Mexico, or were just in a car crash. The caller pressures the victim to wire money immediately. The caller also begs the victim not to tell anyone. In order to avoid being taken by the scam, ask the caller information only you and your grandchild would know. Do not act without confirming the information. Call your grandchild or his or her parents first on their phone to confirm whether the story is true. Refuse to send money via a wire transfer; you can never get it back. If you do fall for the scam, report it to the Sheriff’s Department.

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