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'Grandparent' scam still going around

Posted: December 18, 2012 - 2:26pm  |  Updated: December 19, 2012 - 9:49am

I feel a need to warn all of my fellow citizens of a scam that is going around.

I received a phone call from a person who sounded like my grandson. After the niceties of ‘How are you, etc.’, he asked me if I knew who I was talking to. I told him ‘Yes’, and gave him my grandson’s name.

He then told me what an accident he had been in, how injured he was, describing in detail. Then he said he was in jail and needed $5,000. To get out. I told him I didn’t have it, so he pressed me hard for my credit cards and wanted me to give him my financial statement. His voice actually sounded like my grandson.

When he found I wasn’t going to cooperate with him he said he’d talk to his lawyer and call me back.

Meanwhile I called my daughter who lives in the same town as my grandson. The next thing I knew my actual grandson called me back. He was OK and knew nothing about the phone call I received.

So I am writing this to warn you all to beware. He sounded so much like my grandson. I was ready to believe him. Be sure you know who your talking to.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 12/19/12 - 05:39 pm
Many Decievers

I got an email from someone that had scammed a friends email address book and was in supposedly in Europe and had his passport and ccards stolen after checking into the motel. The scammer said that he needed money to pay his motel bill and buy a ticket home could i please send money to help. First off when you check into a motel they get your ccard info so this alerted me and i called out north kenai to check. My friend was there at home, but, he then knew that he had been hacked and went to work to stop the mess & scams in his name.
There are many Deceicers gone out into the world to try and mislead and destroy us all if we are not very careful at every turn. Check things out before you act and give any info on the phone or even the puter. There is also supposed to be a scam on windows where a popup says that an error has occured in your account and they need your secret info for your account when doing banking on line. Be very careful and think befoe you respond and double check for lies and deception by scammers. Thanks for the warning and hopefully people will prepare not to fail, rather than failing to prepare.

Sam Von Pufendorf
Sam Von Pufendorf 12/21/12 - 05:23 am
Two Words

Caller ID

Emilia 02/01/13 - 05:35 pm
thanks for sharing! I've read

thanks for sharing! I've read a lot about this grandparent scam at Callercenter and it's alarming that this scam has been around for so long, but there are still a few who get victimized.

If it was up to me, I'd propose that these scammers get a heavier penalty for their crime. Say, about 50 years in jail and $1 million per call. With that exaggerated punishment, I bet nobody's gonna try scam others again.

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