Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) March 12, 2011
With a rise in money-order scams involving the phone and online correspondence, ReversePhoneDirectory.com spotlights a recent scheme where two more seniors have fallen victim to a phone scam targeting grandparents.
According to a report by Corpus Christie News station KRIS TV 6, police were notified when an elderly woman came into a Texas bank for the third time in a week, requesting to withdraw a large sum of money. When questioned, the woman revealed that the money was for her grandson who had called her from Spain claiming that he had been seriously injured, imprisoned and desperately needed money to cover his medical bills and bail. After a quick call to the grandson in question at his residence in Chicago, he was found to be safe, sound and completely unaware of the calls made to his grandmother. Unfortunately, the woman had already wired two large sums of money to an unknown scammer before this was discovered.
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As more and more seniors fall victim to this scheme designed to pull at the heartstrings of grandparents, ReversePhoneDirectory.com offers critical advice to help protect seniors.
Use Caution. Scam artists bank on finding seniors and grandparents that would do anything to help a grandchild or family member in need. If you or a family member receives a call asking for money it could be a scam. Trust your instincts and make sure you confirm the identity of the person on the other end of the line before even thinking about sending them money.
Double Check & Ask Around. If you or a family member receives a call on online correspondence requesting money, contact other family members who are aware of the grandchild’s location and activities. In many cases, the person calling will request that the call be kept secret; this should be a red flag.
Ask questions that only family members would know. To assist in verifying the identity of the caller ask questions that only a grandchild or family member would be able to answer.
Have a Family Contact List Near the Phone. Have a list of all family members and friends’ phone numbers close at hand. If you get a suspicious call, immediately call the family member or friend at their home or on their cell.
Use Reverse Phone Directory. Request a number where you can reach the caller, use the number displayed on caller ID or dial *69. Once you have the number visit ReversePhoneDirectory.com and run a reverse phone number search. The report will give you more information about the person calling you and potentially confirm the identity of the caller.
Call the police. If a call seems like a potential scam, and you have verified it with one or more the above actions, contact your local authorities immediately and provide a detailed description of the call and the actions you took.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com provides access to the most accurate and up-to-date public records to assist you with daily searches for information about people and businesses. ReversePhoneDirectory.com is committed to helping people live better during technologically advanced times, believing that information is a powerful currency and people across the country should have easy access to information about everything and everyone they come in contact with.