SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington Senior Center Warns Of ‘Grandparent Scam’

Below is an announcement from the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter:

The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams. You should just hang up on any call you’re uncertain of and ignore any suspicious emails. Many scammers pose as federal agents or other law enforcement using fear tactics to get what they want. In each upcoming newsletter we are going to go into detail about one of the 6 most common scams; Grandparent Scam, Sweepstakes scam, Home Improvement Scam, Telemarketer Scam, Internet Scams, and Charity Scams. Since Grandparents day is this month, lets start off with the Grandparent Scam…

One of the most common scams presented to seniors is the Grandparent Scam. The caller claims to be a relative, a grandson, or granddaughter, and the call is urgent. Typically, the grandchild is out of town and is in trouble, needs money fast for some emergency, and doesn’t want the rest of the family to know. The caller may have bits of information, some of which could be collected from sources like social media, and prompts the senior to provide more information, making the call seem genuine.

This is NOT a legitimate call. Hang up the phone and contact your family or the authorities.

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