FROM THE BBB -- The Better Business Bureau wants to alert consumers about a scam that has come to be known as the “Grandparent scam” which goes something like this: A grandparent receives a call from someone posing as their grandchild. The pretend-grandchild claims to need financial assistance in order to be bailed out of some sort of trouble.
The Grandparent is asked to wire money to the supposed Grandchild usually in a foreign country or somewhere outside the state.
The Scammer calls and usually identifies themselves as their “grandchild”. For example “Hi Grandma, this is your Grandson” no name. They usually speak quick, short sentences, to keep from being discovered. If you are not sure and sense the caller is not your relative ask some questions that only your relative would know. Then before you send the money call that relative or someone else to confirm.
Don’t send the money until you are absolutely sure.
Scams of this nature play on folks’ natural concern for their loved ones. The BBB cautions anyone receiving such calls to contact us before sending funds. Scammers have countless ways of separating people from their money. Please don’t become a victim to this scam.
For more information contact the BBB at 1-800-856-2417.