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Grandparent Scam Reports & Reviews (26)

Victim Location 53207
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

I received a call from someone identifying himself as "William" saying he is an attorney in New Jersey supposedly representing my grandson, who was supposedly in New Jersey, attending "an event." The "attorney" said my grandson was in a car accident and needed $1800 wire transferred right away. I asked if I could speak with my grandson and was told no, he's in the hospital, and in fact broke his nose so his voice wouldn't sound the same anyway. I was given an address in New Jersey for which to send my wire transfer. Of course, I hung up and didn't send any money. This is the second such scam call I've received in my lifetime. I did not fall for either. Instead, I called the BBB.

Victim Location 13502
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

A person called my grandparents' impersonating me. They claimed I had crashed my car and needed money to fix things.

Victim Location 13732
Total money lost $5,000
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

The caller identified himself as my grandson and said he was in Florida and had been a passenger in a traffic stop where marijuana was found. He said he was being held over for a hearing and needed $5000 for an appearance bond. I was to purchase iTunes gift cards and telephone the numbers to the scammer.

Victim Location 14150
Total money lost $4,000
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

a young individual called pretending to be the grandson of an elderly couple. he stated he was arrested and desperately needed help and needed to be bailed out. the scammer told the couple to go to *** and purchase $2000 in iTunes cards and call back with the card numbers. The scammers later called back stating the cards did not work and the grandfather went back and purchased another $2000 in iTunes cards and gave the numbers to the scammer. by the time elderly couple contacted family members about the situation and were informed they were being scammed, the cards had already been redeemed. Endless calls to the credit companies and *** administrators resulted in no action. Police report filed. Employees at *** claimed ignorance to knowing of these kind of scams and did not feel any remorse at not questioning why the elderly man came in twice in one afternoon purchasing $4000 in iTunes cards.

Victim Location 14712
Total money lost $7,000
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Grandparent was called and person claiming to be grandson was in trouble and needed help to post bail. They were instructed not tell anyone else about the situation. Another person claiming to be a police officer instructed her to buy I-Tunes cards to post bail so that there would not be a police record on the grandson.

Victim Location 12920
Type of a scam Family/Friend Emergency

Phone call calling me Grama. Sounded like my grandson. Said he was in Mexico and did something he was ashamed of. I knew then that it was not my grandson as he really is a good person. I was sure the person was next going to ask for money so I asked him for his birth date and the phone line immediately went dead.

My caller ID shows the number calling me was 556-804-9162

I called the State Police and they advised me to notify the

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