Beware Grandkid Scams

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  • Here’s how they work: You get a call with an urgent request from “fill in the blank with the name of one of your grandkids.” “Grandkid” pleads for money for bail, a medical bill, or some other kind of trouble and tells you to keep it a secret.
  • Here’s what you can do: Check it out. Look up your grandkid’s phone number yourself or call another family member. Scammers are pros at pretending to be someone they are not. They can be very convincing, using information obtained from social networking sites or hacking into a loved one’s email account. They’ll pressure you to send money before you have time to think. Don’t ever wire money in response to a phone request.

Report that Scam

Federal Trade Commission

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Internet Crime Complaint Center

Postal Inspection Service