SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say Seattle-area grandparents are being targeted by scammers pretending to be their grandchildren.
The Seattle Times (http://is.gd/W5ELQ0 ) reports the FBI, the Washington Attorney General’s office and the AARP are warning the elderly to be vigilant.
Before responding to a grandchild’s call for financial help, authorities advise people to first call their house or work to confirm their location. Don’t fill in the blanks for the scammer. If they say, “this is your grandson,” say “which one?”
If the caller asks for a bank account number or wants money wired, it’s likely a scam.
The FBI says scammers are getting help from Facebook and other social-networking sites, since personal information is readily available online.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com