There is a new twist on the "Grandparent Scam" that preys on older people, anxious to help family members in trouble.
The scam has been reported to Henderson, NC Police four times recently. Police say a person calls an elderly person, claiming to be their relative, saying they are having car trouble. When the grandparent questions the caller not sounding like their relative, the caller says, they have a cold. They say a person named Larry Johnson will come to the house to get cash for car repairs.
What's particularly troubling in this rash of Grandparent Scams is that the caller has the name of a relative of their victim. In the past, the caller has found a way to get the victim to volunteer the relative's name.