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.