Consumer Alert: Grandparent Scam
FBI is warning consumers about the “Grandparent Scam” that has been continuously showing up since 2008. Scammers are targeting grandparents by calling and pretending to be a loved one in need of help.
WMUR News contacted a Lee, New Hampshire grandfather who was recently a victim to one of these scams. This New Hampshire resident said the scammer contacted him via telephone pretending to be his grandson. The individual stated that he was recently arrested and that he needed $27,000.00 wired to him to post bail. Luckily this grandfather was able to figure the scam out before losing any money but others may not be quick to question a supposed “loved one's” cry for help.
Officials are stating that the scammers are getting personal information off the internet and are using the information to imitate relatives.
The BBB recommend speaking to other family members prior to wiring money and always be suspicious when being asked to wire money based off a phone call or an internet request.
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