AARP: Watch Out For Grandparents Scam
Grandparents love their grandchildren, and criminals love to take advantage of that for their financial gain. One of the more popular scams is the Grandparent Scam, where a stranger will call up claiming to be the target’s grandchild. They’ll tell a story of being in the hospital, or in jail, often overseas, and will ask for money to help with their predicament. The AARP’s Sean Voskuhl said it’s important if you get a call from a grandchild out of the blue, stay on your toes.
“Criminals have relied on this scam for many years, and the contact may come late at night. They often times will scour your social media profile to learn more about you and offer just enough information to make sure the story is convincing. If you receive a phone call or message like this, you should stop the conversation immediately and call your grandchild or other family members to confirm they are safe.”
Voskuhl added if you or someone you know becomes a victim of this type of scam, it’s important to contact local authorities.
“If you’ve experienced a phone scam or other fraud, file a police report. This could help with possible restitution opportunities. And, don’t stay silent if you think an older loved one may be experiencing elder abuse, contact your local Adult Protective Services," Voskuhl pointed out. "The call is anonymous. Also, AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline can help you if you’ve been scammed or connect you with other valuable resources.”
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