“Hi, Grandpa/Grandma” – ” Don’t you recognize my voice? It’s …”
Fraudsters appear as grandchildren or their representatives (like lawyers or policemen…) and explain, they are in some kind of trouble. They tell a story that they are in prison / hospital and urgently need money to pay the bail / lawyer’s fees / hospital bill.
Scammers often use social networks to access sensitive data such as the grandchildren’s names and travel plans.
The target group are people over the age of 65, as they are easily accessible at home. Seniors are often gullible as soon as they are emotionally involved.
You receive a robo-call with an automatic message that a family member or friend has ordered you a medical alert system. Press “1” to confirm the delivery or to speak to a representative. The device is offered free of charge, but in most cases there are hidden monthly fees. To cover these charges bank or credit card details are requested. The aim of the scammers is to obtain personal data of their victims (bank account and credit card numbers…) and to misuse them for fraudulent purposes.
How to protect yourself:
Hang up immediately
Do not press any button (otherwise it will be recognized as a working number and further calls will follow)
Never give out personal data on the phone under any circumstances
Add your number to the “Do Not Call Registry” – read more