According to the North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ), a scam is being conducted in which the scammer pretends to be a grandchild in distress. Authorities have seen a significant up-tick in these scams lately in North Carolina. Just last week, the Attorney General’s Office has received a half-dozen reports of the scam.
In a current variation, callers claimed they were leaving a funeral with friends when their car was involved in an accident. After being arrested for DUI or possession of drugs, they need money to post bail. Then another person takes the phone claiming to be an attorney or law officer. They instruct the frightened grandparent on how to send the needed funds, usually via Wal Mart or Sam’s Club gift cards or by sending cash via UPS or Fed Ex.
In three instances this month, grandparents fell victim to the scam, losing a total of $44,900. This year, 32 victims have lost more than $184,000. Learn more about the grandparent scam and then spread the word, so the seniors you love can avoid being victimized by these heartless crooks.
If you think you or someone you know might have been scammed or contacted by a scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov.