There are many ways that scammers target seniors where their grandkids are concerned.

Who Is It Targeting: Grandparents

What Is It: Phishing scam that goes after money

What Are They After: A new grandparent scam that has recently been reported includes a child being stranded and needing money for a new transmission or another car part, so the mechanic is kind enough to call you and ask for the money.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • In these instances, the victim is often directed to go purchase gift cards or send a wire transfer with the money.
  • Contact your relatives and make sure the child in question is okay.
  • Don’t forget to file a police report if you’re ever contacted for this or any other scam.

Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530.