Scam artists are always looking for ways to rip off seniors. The latest twist is the so-called “grandson” scam, in which potential victims are called by a man who pretends to be a grandson who has gotten into trouble in a foreign country. The caller claims he needs money wired to him as soon as possible. The caller also urges the victims not to contact other family members. Once the victim wires the money, there is usually no way to get it back.
Two senior citizens in Westchester recently fell victim to this scam. In both cases, the caller claimed to be a grandson who had gotten into a car accident while vacationing in Canada. The caller then said he needed money to get the car repaired. Both victims were bilked out of thousands of dollars.
Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandson” scam: