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Grandparent Scam

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
A new warning, about a scam that Dori Marlin has gotten The Bottom Line on a
number of times:

New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is
the latest official telling elderly people to be on alert for the so-called
"Grandparent Scam."

That's when a senior gets a phone call from someone -
claiming to be their grandchild - calling from another country supposedly, and
saying they need money wired to them because they're in trouble.

The AG's
office tells Dori, it's received dozens of complaints about the scam in the last
several months - and the amount of money, lost to it statewide so far, totals
$400,000.

"There's only a very small window where they can contact the
wiring service, and attempt to retrieve the money before it's actually picked
up," says Amy Schallop with the AG's office, of whether people can get their
money back once it's sent.

Dori asked, "We've heard from alot of people
that the scammers say 'Don't tell anyone in the family.'  Should that be the
tipoff, that the first thing they should do is call another member of the
family, to see if this is legitimate?"

"Absolutely," Schallop answered,
"that's one of the tricks these scam artists use to prevent elderly people from
discovering that they're being scammed."

She also tells Dori of another
new trick: Calling seniors in the middle of the night, because it's more
disorienting - and therefore, easier for someone to fall for it.

If you
receive one of these calls, Schallop says do not send any money.

Instead,
get a phone number from the caller, hang up the phone, and make sure to call the
"real" grandchild directly, to see if they're in trouble.Grandparent Scam


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