June 16, 2024
Imposters claim to be friends or family in distress to trick consumers into wiring money. Learn more about family emergency imposter scams at https://www.ftc.gov/imposters
Grandad, it’s me– an accident in Mexico– I’m in jail.

Jimmy, is that you?

Yeah, it’s Jimmy.

I need money for bail right now.

In jail?

You need to send money right now.

Please don’t tell anyone.

Scammers are tricky and can pretend to be anybody in any situation.

They seem like the real deal.

They play on your fears.

The goal– to get you to act fast.

Check out if they really are who they say they are, even if they sound like a loved one.

Heard from an impostor?

Report it at ftc.gov/imposters.

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