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.
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.