BBB Warns Of Scammers Preying On Grandparents (VIDEO)

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Emily Dwire - 21Alive

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

UNDATED (21Alive) - Sunday is Grandparents Day, and the Better Business Bureau in warning seniors about a scam that targets their generation, commonly called the “grandparent scam.”

The scammer preys on the grandparents’ desire to aid their grandchildren. Typically a grandparent will receive a call from someone posing as the grandchild and faking an emergency such as being in an accident.

Scammers target seniors because they are generally trusting and willing to help a loved one.

The BBB tells seniors to be skeptical and ask questions only the grandchild could answer and if one does fall victim, report it immediately to police.

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