Friday, November 15, 2019

The Grandparents Scam

Scammers will place a call to an older adult, and when the victim picks up, they will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?”  When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having any background information.  This opens the door for the scammer to operate.

How to Avoid: If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to be a relative or loved one, say you’ll call back, and check the story with other relatives.  Note that these scammers can get information about you and your relatives off of social media sites like Facebook. Most scammers aren’t this sophisticated, but the tactic is not unheard of, so don’t be fooled if a suspicious caller references details from your life or a relatives.