Scammers may pose as a family member who is in an emergency situation
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau is asking residents to be on the lookout for “grandparent scams.”
These scams, also called emergency scams, prey on grandparents by posing as a family member in need.
Scammers send a call, email, or social media message claiming to be a family member in an emergency situation. The scammer will give details that seem accurate, like family names and school details, before asking for a wire transfer of money.
The scam can also work in reverse, with a ‘grandparent’ requesting help from a grandchild.
The BBB says the best way to spot this scam is to double-check any stories with other family and friends, call the family member directly, or ask questions that a scammer would struggle to answer correctly.
You can also safeguard yourself by keeping up with what your family members are posting online.
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