Old scam resurfaces

Grandparents are usually targeted by scammers who claim they're in trouble

  • Aug. 21, 2012 6:00 p.m.

The well-used “grandparent” or “emergency” scam has resurfaced.

In the typical scenario, a grandparent receives a phone call from a con artist claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. The caller goes on to say that they are in some kind of trouble and need money immediately.

Typically they claim being in a car accident, having trouble returning from a foreign country or they need bail money. A typical call can go something like this:

Con artist: Hi, grandma/grandpa.

Victim: Hi.

Con artist: Do you know who this is?

Victim: John?

Con artist: Yeah.

The con artist then usually makes up a story about not wanting others to know that they needed the money and asks to have the cash transferred to them.

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