June 18, 2024
Grandparent scams are scams that target seniors. These scams usually involve a phone call from someone who pretends to be your grandchild or another close family member (son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc.). The scammer may already know information about you and the person they are claiming to be or they may be using a script that relies on your responses to fill in the blanks for them.

Acting as your grandchild, the scammer claims to be in trouble and in need of immediate money for bail or hospital expenses. The scammer may try to convince you that they have been in a car accident, in the hospital, or have been arrested. You will be asked for payment right away in order to get your grandchild out of trouble. Payment may be requested through wire transfer, crypto currency, gift cards or by sending a courier to you home to pick up cash.

Protect Yourself:

If you receive a call like this, do not send money.

Call your grandchild or another family member to verify the claims or requests.

Court appointed couriers don’t exist. If someone asks to come to your home to pick up a payment, it’s a scam.

Using high-pressure tactics usually means it’s a scam.

Always ask for proof of identification and call-back numbers.

Set a safe word or phrase with family members that includes details only you would know. Ask for this word or phrase to confirm if the person calling is your relative.

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