Troubleshooter: Grandparent scams continue

December 3, 2010 5:42:00 AM PST
ABC11 reported in March on a Durham grandmother who was taken in by a scammer who pretended to be a police officer on the phone.

The man said the woman's granddaughter was in jail in Canada - and even put someone on the phone who pretended to be the granddaughter.

Worried sick, the woman agreed to wire more than $2,500 to help the 17-year-old.

Now, ABC11 has learned the same type of swindle was used on a woman in Southern Pines who sent $2,300 before she realized she'd been fooled.

To keep yourself from getting ripped off, here are some tips:

  • If you get a call asking for help, hang up and contact the family member directly to make sure the request is legitimate.
  • Ask the person questions that only your real family member would be able to answer.
  • Never give out personal information to anyone who calls you
  • Be careful when wiring money in response to a phone call, email, or online message.







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