Lately there’s been an uptick in the Grandma telephone scam. A young person calls you pretending to be a loved one, this also happens to parents, the kid is in jail and needs money. They are in a foreign country and so much has happened – you must wire money immediately. Rather than explain the entire scenario, this you tube below will tell it all.
I had one of these calls several months ago – a young man called and said, “Hello, Grandma – so you know who this is? ” Well, I hadn’t heard from one adult grandson in a long time, one who, sad to say gets in deep. Anyway, it didn’t take but a few seconds for me to realize this was a scam. But, I was curious to see how far he’d go with the story. I kept him on the line, giving me one sob story after another on why he needed money right away. It would have been a good “Locked Up Abroad” segment on NatGeo. After I knew he felt he was close to reeling me in, I asked him a question.
“Before I help you, I forgot the name of your DOG.” I had the last laugh as he hung up. But too many unsuspecting seniors and parents are losing thousands of dollars to this scam. One of the ways they get the names of your children or grandchildren, is on FACEBOOK. Be careful how much info you post.