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Grandparents Call

How the scam works:

(with video below) Picture this: your 90-year old grandmother receives a phone call, which goes like this:

 "Hi Grandma, it's me!"

She tries to recognize the voice and says: "… Paul?"

"Of course! I have a big problem, Grandma."

"What's wrong, sweetie?"

"I got in a bit of trouble, but please don't tell mom."

The “grandson” then informs the grandma that a series of unfortunate events has landed him in jail. He needs bail money. Grandma might be skeptical, since the caller might not sound exactly like Paul, but the scammer knows that. That's why right away he passes the phone over to his “attorney” who gives Grandma details about the charges and information on how to wire the money.

Watch the video below to see in action the Grandparents scam, with audio exposed.

 

Grandparents Scam Video

How to avoid:

Let your parents and grandparents know about this scam. Basically, if anyone ever calls asking for money, talk to your family and confirm that they are where they say they are before sending any money.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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