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Fri December 6, 2013
Scam Alert Issued By BBB
The Better Business Bureau wants to warn Kentucky seniors to be aware of a recurring scam that targets grandparents.
It’s called the “Grandparent Scam” and here’s how it works…scammers peruse social media sites and look for college age kids. They learn some information about their personal lives and try to find an elderly family member, usually a grandparent to target. Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau says the con-artist then calls them claiming to be their grandchild. They tell them they have a cold or are out of the country to explain why their voices may sound different. In each case, the fake grandchild says they have been arrested and need bail money to be wired to them. Fortunately most of the people contacted were suspicious, hung up and called family members to verify the story.
Clary says this is exactly what you should do and has other tips to keep you from becoming a victim. Never give any personal information over the phone and no matter how desperate someone sounds, do not wire money unless you can verify the person in trouble is actually who they say they are. You can do that by asking the caller personal questions only family would know and if they can’t answer them correctly it’s a huge red flag. And no matter how much the caller begs you “not to tell their parents” Clary says that’s exactly what you should do. You can contact the Better Business Bureau by calling 859-259-1008 or log on to http://www.bluegrass.bbb.org