A recurring scam, targeting the elderly, seems to have cropped up again in our region. It’s known as the “Grandparent Scam,” by those familiar with it. We have some reminders on how to protect yourself if you or a loved one are targeted.
With the “Grandparent Scam,” the scammer calls an elderly person and pleads with the senior to send personal information; a credit card or in some cases, a non-traceable form of payment, in order to get his or her grandson or granddaughter out of jail in a foreign country. The caller tells the senior not to tell the parent of the grandchild, or something terrible will happen to the grandchild.
Lifespan of Rochester has a program dedicated to educating the elderly about what to do to protect against becoming a victim of a scam.
“I let seniors know it’s okay to question if they’re being asked to provide personal information. Um, why are you asking me this. What do you need it for? And really to never give any personal information if it’s unsolicited. If somebody is calling you asking you for that information, you do not have to provide that,” said Leita King, Lifespan Scam Prevention Coordinator.
Lifespan recommends if you are the victim of a scam, even if you don’t fall for it, always report the incident to police.