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Officials warn of scam targeted towards grandparents

<p>It's Grandparents Day and officials in Westchester are warning about a potential scam that can affect our loved ones.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2018, 11:45 AM

Updated 2,113 days ago

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It's Grandparents Day and officials in Westchester are warning about a potential scam that can affect our loved ones.
It's called a "Grandparent Scam," and officials say seniors are often targets because they are accessible at home to answer their phones.
Often a con artist will call and pose as their grandchild who is in some sort of trouble.
That alleged grandchild tells their grandparent to wire them money as soon as possible and not to tell any other family members.
Officials say tips can be followed to avoid falling victim to a scam.            
They say to verify it is actually your grandchild by hanging up and calling another family member.  Also to ask the caller for his or her name, scammers usually cannot identify the name of your grandchild. Finally, never provide personal information and never send or wire money.


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