The Bottom Line: Grandparent Scam
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
A Bottom Line Alert about the phone call that no grandparent wants to get. This is another warning about the so-called "Grandparent Scam," and this time it comes from Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.
The caller pretends to be the victim's grandchild, says that he or she is in trouble, usually overseas, and asks the senior to wire them money. Often, the senior realizes the whole thing is a scam after the money is sent and it is too late.
A spokesperson in Coakley's office told CBS6's Dori Marlin that the office has not received many complaints, but want to be proactive in warning Massachusetts seniors.
The Attorney General is warning seniors to be very suspicious if they receive a similar phone call, they should check with other family members to see if the call is legitimate, and should not be afraid to ask questions or to say "no."