"Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?”
Do not fall for this Grandparent Scam.
The Grandparent Scam is so simple and so devious because it uses one of our most reliable assets, our hearts.
Scammers will place a call to an older person and when they answer the call, the scammer will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?”
When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild, the scammer pretends to be that person and has now established a fake identity.
Once “in,” the scammer, posing as the grandchild they think it might be, will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problem (overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.).
Funds are usually paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which do not always require identification to collect. Don’t be a victim of scammers.