Emergency Scam

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How to protect yourself from the Emergency Scam:

Emergency scams often target grandparents and play upon their emotions to rob them of their money.  A grandparent receives a phone call from a scammer claiming to be one of his or her grandchildren. Callers go on to say that they are in some kind of trouble (ex. car accident, jail, issues in foreign country) and need money immediately.

  • Always call the child’s parents or friends to verify the story.
  • Ask the person questions that only your loved one would be able to answer.

  • Never send money to anyone you don’t know and trust. Verify the persons identify before you send act.

  • Don’t give out any of your personal information to the caller and ask yourself, “Does the caller’s story make sense?”