Sunday is Grandparents Day, a time to celebrate and honor our parents' parents; but it's also a time to be aware of scams that could take advantage of our elders.
"The BBB is advising all seniors that scammers have done research and they can look at Facebook and know what your grandchild's name is," said Tracy Bracy of the Better Business Bureau. "And the grandparent scams work like this: A scammer will call you and maybe they'll muzzle the phone and impersonate your grandchild, and they'll say they are in jail, and you need to wire them money immediately."
The Better Business Bureau is advising grandparents and seniors to be skeptical of these phone calls. They also say to call all family members and relatives before you even think of wiring money anywhere.
"This kind of scam touches on your desire to take care of your grandchild," Bracy said. "The scammer usually hits on that and asks you not tell anyone in the family. The fact of the matter is, it could be a scammer."
The BBB offers these tips:
- Be skeptical and call all family members.
- When talking to family members, verify information about all your grandchildren.
- Never transfer money, especially if you don't know the person, or for an emergency you have not verified as real.
- Know where to turn. If you fall victim to a scam, report it to local police and the Texas State Attorney General's Office.
For more information, you can visit www.bbb.org.
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