Grandparent Scam

You’re a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!”

This is an example of what’s come to be known as “the grandparent scam.”

Common scenarios include:

Charity Fraud

Some charities may sound legitimate, or have names very close to that of a well-known charity, but are nothing more than an organization of scam artists. They ask for donations to help those in need, but simply pocket the money instead.

Recognize the warning signs that may indicate a scam:

Imposter Scams

Imposter Scams

Some scammers create fake personas to get you to believe that their story is legitimate. They might have an account on social media that’s just a bit too good to be true, claim to be part of a debt collection agency that doesn’t actually exist, or be a buyer of an online auction with a suspiciously short purchasing history. These scammers are attempting to get your money offered to them in the easiest way they know how.

 

Protecting Your Child's Privacy Online

As a parent, you have control over the personal information companies collect online from your kids under 13. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) gives you tools to do that. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule. If a site or service is covered by COPPA, it has to get your consent before collecting personal information from your child and it has to honor your choices about how that information is used.

 

Military and Veterans

Frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, the stresses of deployment, and a steady paycheck from Uncle Sam can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. Ultimately, military service members and veterans deserve to be rewarded for their service, not disproportionately targeted for financial victimization.

 

Protect Yourself

Everyone, regardless of age, sex, nationality, education level, or financial status is a target for a consumer scam. The best way to protect yourself from becoming a victim of such a scam is to educate yourself. We have provided information below relating to a number of common scams and other areas of consumer exploitation. While the information below is a good start for a consumer’s education, it is not exhaustive. If you cannot find the information you need below, please contact us.