11. December 2017 at 12:28 #2073
“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.14. December 2017 at 13:04 #2077
The warning signals are:
- urgent request to wire money immediately
- May call late at night to confuse the victims
- “That’s our secret, you won’t tell anybode else, please?”
- Excuses why the voice sounds different
21. December 2017 at 9:37 #2078
- Stay calm and try not to get emotional
- Ask questions that are difficult for strangers to answer (name of pet, favorite food, etc.).
- Hang up and call your grandchild directly under a known number.
- Also warn others of this scam
What can I do if I have already become a victim?23. December 2017 at 8:55 #2081
-> Report it to the FTC and your local police station.
Be careful, because some scammers are calling again!!19. February 2018 at 16:09 #2110
Medical Alert Scam
How the scam works:
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:
26. February 2018 at 13:05 #2117
- 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
What can I do if I’m not sure?28. February 2018 at 18:17 #2118
Susann85Keymaster30. August 2018 at 12:50 #4257
Caller says your family member has an emergency
You are completely exhausted and worried about your family member, who is supposed to be in the emergency room of the hospital. Of course you want to help your loved ones. This is exactly what fraudsters use to demand urgent payment for life-saving treatment that is not covered by the insurance.
But watch out – families of emergency scammers are very innovative to get money quickly.
How can you differentiate fraud from a real emergency?
– Try to stay calm and not answer immediately
– Ask the caller questions that only close family members can answer
– Call the affected family member yourself at a number that you know to be genuine.
– Ask other family members: Did they get a call?
Don’t authorize a payment – no matter how threatening the situation – until you have personally made sure that the emergency situation is real!20. December 2018 at 6:14 #4379
Fraud against older people goes on and increases dramatically
The FTC warns against fraud contra seniors. Why it is so worrying?
- In the past 12 months people lost $41 million
- One quarter of people 70 and older report paying scammers in cash
- They report losing a median loss of $9,000
If you get a call from a alleged family member in trouble, don´t give him money!
Call a known phone number from a family member and ask him if its right.
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