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Groves Police warn of grandparent scam

GROVES - From Groves Police Department

The "Grandparent" scam is continuing to target senior citizens in Groves and throughout Southeast Texas. These types of scams target seniors by tugging on their heart strings and purse strings. The scams are designed to fool grandparents into thinking that their grandchild has been arrested, hurt or stranded, and in need of money.

The con artist will attempt to impersonate the victim's grandchildren and make up an urgent situation - "I've been arrested," "I've been robbed," "I'm in the hospital." The scam plays off of people's emotions and when they hear that a family member needs help they get caught up in the moment.

The con artists will usually ask for hundreds to thousands of dollars. The grandparent, unaware of the wire transfer scams, sends the money to a location given by the con artist because the situation has been explained as urgent and potentially harmful to the grandchild (con artist).

Only after the money is transferred, does the grandparent realize the grandchild did not make the call. In some cases, the con artists pretend to be a member of law enforcement or other professionals. REMEMBER: Wiring money is like sending cash, once it is sent, you cannot get it back.

People of all ages need to be aware of wire transfer scams. U.S. consumers lose millions of dollars each year to con artist using wire transfers as part of their scams.

There are several red flags that indicate a con artist is at work. Be wary of a caller who:

Requests that money be wired

Urgent request for money

Claims to be stuck in a foreign country;

Insists on secrecy

If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Kirk Rice with the Groves Police Department at 962-0244 or the Southeast Texas Better Business Bureau at 835-5348.


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