In grandparent scams, scammers pose as panicked grandchildren in trouble, calling or sending messages urging you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency – like paying a hospital bill or needing to leave a foreign country to trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, their lies can now be particularly compelling. So, how can we avoid grandparent scams or family emergency scams?
Here’s what to keep in mind. If someone calls or sends a message claiming to be a grandchild, other family member or friend desperate for money:
Resist the urge to act immediately – no matter how dramatic the story is.
Verify the caller’s identity. Ask questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer. Call a known phone number for your family member or friend. Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
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