Be aware of grandparent phone scam

April 17, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 16, 2014 at 11:17 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

It may be worthwhile to let Victoria Advocate readers know that a grandparent phone scam was attempted Wednesday here in Victoria.

My mother-in-law, age 91, received a phone call from someone alleging to be her grandson. He spun a tale about being in trouble "down here in Mexico" and needing some money. What he didn't know was that she had received a similar call about a year ago from someone with the same story, and it made quite an impression on her. She had recognized the information as false immediately because although she has two granddaughters, she has no grandsons.

She listened for a while as the caller explained that the police had found cocaine in his car, and he was going to jail. When she asked his name, he hung up.

This is not an uncommon scam and one that would be easy for a confused grandparent to fall for. The call could have come from anywhere, but the intended victim lives right here in our community.

Yes, it can happen here. Don't let someone you know who might fall for this kind of activity be victimized.

John Earle, Victoria



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