A reader writes in suggesting people be alert to phone scams that target seniors this time of year.
In a recent scenario, a person calls posing as grandchild in some sort of trouble, or hurt and needs money sent right away. He doesn’t want to have the parents called because would ‘get in trouble.” The Grandparentis upset and worried sick about the kid and goes along with it, getting cash from bank and buys a Moneygram, and then calls the scammer with the codes on back.
“Someone I know unfortunately fell for this,” she writes, “and has lost $2500. Maybe readers could establish a secret password among family members as a check against this sort of thing.”
This isn’t the first time we have heard about this sort of thing in the area, so be forewarned…
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