Grandparents and Seniors Being Targeted by Scams: Protect yourself!

Feb 23, 2023

Emergency scams prey on your fear of a loved one being hurt or in trouble. Scammers claim to be someone you know and tell you they need money immediately.  Reports are showing a new variation where fraudsters contact you via email or text message, claiming to be a loved one asking for a favour. For this favour, they’ll ask you to send money or gift cards.

Variation: Grandparent scams
A senior gets a phone call, typically on their home phone/landline, from a caller claiming to be a grandchild or calling on behalf of a grandchild. They say they need money as soon as possible, whether to pay bail, lawyers fees, hospital fees, ambulance fees, etc. They will say the payment is needed immediately to avoid going to jail or to be released from jail.

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