Attorney General’s Office Warns of Grandparent Scam

Updated 4 years ago

The Attorney General’s Office is warning seniors of scam in which someone calls, posing as a grandchild needing emergency money.The Consumer Protection Division recently received a call from a Maine grandfather.The caller claimed to be his grandson, and said he was in jail in Canada and had been in a car accident and needed money.The grandfather agreed to wire $2800 by Western Union to an address in Spain.Luckily an employee at the Western Union Office questioned and warned the grandfather about the transfer and the man was able to get in contact with his grandson and confirm he was okay.The grandfather said he and his wife recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and had mentioned their grandson in the announcement in the paper, which is how officials believe the scammer was able to get the grandson’s name.For more information you can contact the Attorney General’s Office at www.maine.gov/ag


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