Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grandparents Phone Scam Alert

The local papers have been full of stories recently about grandparents losing money in a telephone scam. The caller will say that they are calling on behalf of one of their grandchildren who needs to have money wired to them right away. The grandchild has supposedly been in an accident, had a medical emergency, was arrested, etc.

The police believe that the grandparents are putting information about their grandchildren on social media websites, like FaceBook, and that this information is being used against them by thieves.

One individual who was called was alert to the possibility of a scam and asked for the grandchild's mother's name. The caller hung up.

So be alert and ask questions before you rush to the bank to help your family. It could be an imposter.

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