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."
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