The Grandparent Scam
The grandparent scam is a fraud that targets older adults by preying on their emotions and vulnerabilities. Scammers impersonate a grandchild or another family member, claiming to be in urgent need of money due to an emergency such as being arrested, injured, or stranded in a foreign country.
If you receive a call or message from someone claiming to be your grandchild or another family member in distress and asking for money, it’s essential to take a moment to verify their identity before sending any funds.
Here are some warning signs to look out for:
1. The caller insists on secrecy: Scammers often pressure you into sending money quickly without telling anyone else. They may claim their situation is embarrassing, or they don’t want to get into trouble.
2. The request is for cash or wire transfer: Scammers often request that you send money through a wire transfer service or buy gift cards to send as payment. These methods are difficult to trace and make it easier for scammers to get away with fraud.
3. The caller is vague about details: Scammers may claim to be a grandchild but not use your name or give specific information that only you and your grandchild would know.
4. The caller uses emotional language: Scammers often use expressive language to manipulate their victims. They may claim to be scared, injured, or in danger to get you to send money.
If you suspect you are being targeted by a grandparent scam, taking action immediately is important. Contact your grandchild or other family members to verify their safety and whereabouts.
If you live in Chatham-Kent and believe you or someone you know has been a victim of this scam, please call 519-352-1234.
For more information on how to recognize and protect yourself from a scam, please see https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html