PHONE SCAMS

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By Sue Mar­low

“Hi, Grandpa, this is your old­est grand­daugh­ter!” This is how a re­cent phone call started to my 89-year-old fa­ther. The caller then ma­nip­u­lated him into re­veal­ing his grand­daugh­ter’s name. “You know the name of your old­est grand­daugh­ter, don’t you, Grandpa?” She claimed to be in trou­ble, need­ing money for a lawyer while on a trip. He did not bite. He ended the call but tele­phoned me to con­firm it was re­ally not his grand­child who called him. She was that con­vinc­ing.

A friend here in Ca­tron County had a sim­i­lar call begin­ning, “Hi, Grandma.” She said her grand­son’s name in re­sponse. But she asked ques­tions the caller could not an­swer, and knew it was not her grand­son.

This is not a new scam. There is a video from WPXI - TV 11 News pub­lished on Septem­ber 18, 2012 on YouTube.com. In my lim­ited look at this, it has hap­pened in three dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. Be care­ful! All it takes is a cou­ple of phone calls to con­firm where your grand­child ac­tu­ally is be­fore you send money.

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