- A phone call or e-mail from a “grandchild” claiming to be traveling in a foreign country. The fraudster may claim he or she has been arrested, mugged or been in an accident and needs money wired ASAP. The caller doesn’t want his or her parents to be told.
- A call from someone pretending to be a police officer, a lawyer, a doctor, or some other person who is with the victim’s “grandchild.” Sometimes the fraudster will even have the phony “grandchild” talk first and then hand the phone over to an accomplice…to further spin the fake tale.
- A call or email to a military family claiming that a problem came up during their “grandchild’s” military leave that requires money to solve.
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