Preying On Grandparents

By: Kendra Jones
By: Kendra Jones

Sometimes a kind heart can leave you with an empty wallet. Hard earned money is being stolen from seniors by scammers who pose as grandchildren, asking for financial assistance.

This is a common scam that involves the fake grandchild claiming to need cash to get out of a hang-up while overseas.

The "grandchild" pretends to have caused an accident that injured a foreign tourist visiting the United States. The scammer claims to be behind bars, and says they can only get out when they pay the tourist's medical expenses.

That cash, according to the crooks, must be sent overseas since the tourist went home to recover.

In this scam, ultimately, the grandparent who wants to aid their grandchild is tricked.

Keep in mind: once you wire money overseas, it becomes history.

Be skeptical when it comes to someone asking you to send money abroad, no matter who they claim to be.

If you think you or someone you know might have been scammed or contacted by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or file a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.


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