New Twist On Grandparent Scam

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.


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  • by JoeQ Location: Hendersonville on Nov 4, 2009 at 05:48 PM
    My parents twarted a scam today from a person from Montreal impersonating their grandson and asking them to wire money to pay for attorney expenses and car repairs for drunk driving. They wanted them to wire the money from Wal-Mart ( not western union). All a fraud of course.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Now that's a jury I would love to sit on....
  • by To Anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    No, let them call me and they will end up in the hospital.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 at 05:54 AM
    I despise this kind of criminal. Call me. I will pretend Im a grandparent and when they show up? They will go to jail.
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