Grandparent Scams: Scammers contact victims claiming to be a grand child in some sort of trouble. They ask the grandparent to send money and not to tell anyone.
Bereavement Scams: Scammers scour the obituaries and contact victims who recently lost a loved-one claiming the deceased had unpaid bills or debts that must be paid right away.
Funeral Scams: While most funeral homes run ethical businesses, some unscrupulous owners will take advantage of people in their time of grief and vastly overcharge for caskets, services or unnecessary items while the vicitm is vulnerable.
Sweetheart Scams: The scammer befriends the victim online or in person and expresses romantic interest. While romancing the victim and earning their trust, the scammer may gain access to personal and financial information. Sometimes the scammer will ask the victim for emergency loans to pay off a bill or their rent. When the scam is over, the vicitm is left broke and broken-hearted.
Charity Scams: Often in the wake of a catastrophe like a hurricane, flood or terrorist act, scammers will set up “relief funds” to help survivors and solicit donations from victims. The gift goes right into the scammer’s pocket and both the victims of the scam and of the catastrophe have lost their money.