What you need to know about the "Grandparents' Scam"


by New Day Producers


Posted on June 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 12:28 PM

Scam artists know exactly how to target grandparents or other elderly people. They simply call, saying a grandchild or other relative is hurt or in trouble, and in need of cash right away. Many people jump right into action and don't even think of questioning the caller, or waiting to confirm their loved one really is in trouble, especially if the scammer tells them time is of the essence. But this is when you should take an extra few minutes to confirm that the call for help is genuine, before you end up learning an expensive lesson.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and AARP's Washington State Director, Doug Shadel joined host Margaret Larson on the show today to tell us more about the ruse called "the grandparents' scam."

For more information about the scam, visit the Attorney General website or check out the AARP's Fraud Watch Network (in partnership with the Attorney General's Office).

Phone numbers:
AARP Fraud Fighters Call Center: 1-800-646-2283

WA State Attorney General Consumer Protection: Call centers are open M-F 10am to 3pm

  • 1-800-551-4636 (in-state only)
  • 1-206-464-6684 (out-of-state callers)
  • 1-800-833-6388 (Washington State Relay Service for the hearing impaired)

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