Recently a friend got taken for $8000 because one of his "grandsons" got in trouble and needed help.
If the caller doesn't use his name but makes the grandparent guess which one of the kids is in trouble, then you are in trouble. These are very clever people and they fooled a very smart couple of grandparents into borrowing money from their Visa and converting it to useable debit cards by the scammer.
So, be careful, people, if the grandchild doesn't identify him or herself by first and last name when calling for any reason, don't be fooled!
Just because you're old doesn't mean you get stupid.
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