Twist on Emergency Scam Targets Military Families
This Veterans Day, most people are honoring the military members who served this country. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous scammers are doing just the opposite. BBB Scam Tracker is seeing reports of an emergency scam (sometimes called the “grandparents scam”) that targets military families.
How the Scam Works
A relative, usually a grandparent or aunt or uncle, receives a call from their “niece,” “nephew” or “grandchild.” There has been an emergency, and the “grandchild” needs money quickly. The stories vary, but they often involve an arrest or car accident.
One version of this scam is specifically targeting the relatives of servicemen and women. “People called my grandparents with knowledge of me being in the military and told them I was in a car wreck on the way to an Army buddies’ funeral,” said one Scam Tracker report. The scammer then asked for $2,500 to pay for car repairs. Typically, the scammer will tell the “grandparent” not tell the rest of the family about the emergency. Instead, they should send money by wire or prepaid debit cards.
In some cases, the relative is also contacted by a supposed member of the military or attorney, who offers to “help out.” Scammers also often use details from social media to make their stories more convincing.
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