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Scams Targeting Concerned Grandparents

Scams Targeting Concerned Grandparents

Scams Targeting Concerned Grandparents

Unfortunately for every single good person out there, thousands of horrible people lie in wait to take advantage of someone. A popular scam that is going around lately targets the grandparents of people who spend a lot of time on social media sites. These scammers will use the information of the people they find on Social media sites to pretend to be that person.

Once the scammer has gathered enough information, they will contact the grandparent and tell him or her that they were arrested and need bail money. They will ask that the grandparent not mention this problem to anyone else in the family, for fear of being embarrassed. If the grandparents give the caller money, the scammer will disappear with money, never to be seen again.

Luckily, this scam can be avoided by following these two tips:

  • Ask the caller a lot of questions. Ask why the person’s voice sounds different, and they may reply with their nose was broken during or before the arrest. Ask as many questions as possible to try and trip them up. They may have some of the answers, but they probably won’t have all of them.
  • Talk to the family. If they do not want the rest of the family to know, then that should raise some red flags. The best thing to do is to talk to the rest of the family. You might discover that the grandkid that “called” is actually safe at home.

Scammers prey off of their victims panic and fear, and one of the best ways to scare someone is to cut them off from the people they trust. This is why scammers never want a person to think things through, or talk to loved ones. If you are ever put into a situation where some is requesting money, but doesn’t want to give you the time to think about the situation, it is likely a scam, and should be avoided.


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Be Wary of Bail Scams

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We all have those family members that we would do anything for. Then we have those family members who we’d help if they were in trouble because there are family. However, we don’t really talk to them that often. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there who will take advantage of that fact.

There is a popular scam out there were someone pretends to be a distant family member of another person. They usually like to pretend to be the grandchild of a person because they know grandparents will do just about anything to help their grandchildren. The scammer will pretend to be the grandchild, or another family member, and say that they have been arrested in some far off place.


The scammer will ask for two things, bail money and secrecy. They will say something along the lines of: “I don’t want anyone else in the family to know about this.” They will ask that several thousands of dollars be wired to them. They do this because the money will not be able to be reclaimed, and they do not want their victim to talk to anyone else about the problem.


To counteract this, it is important that you always check in with the people who know the person who claims to be calling you. Talk to the person’s parents or friends, someone who would know where that relative is. You may learn that he or she is safe in their room, not in some random jail. Just by doing this simple thing, you can save yourself thousands of dollars.

Whenever you get a call from a random number, and the person on the other end is asking for any amount money, proceed with caution. Think about how often, if at all, your family members would do something like this. If you are ever in a situation like this, and it doesn’t feel quite right, trust your instincts and investigate the matter before accepting that it is true. It could save you thousands of dollars, and numerous headaches.