Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, PA – It’s easier to fall for a scam than you might think. Picture this. You’re woken up by a late-night phone call by a person claiming to be one of your relatives, and they say they’re in deep trouble.
Your “relative” might say that they were arrested and need bail money.
If you end up giving up your credit card info, just like that, you’ve paid thousands of dollars to a scam artist.
They call it the Grandparent Scam because it generally preys upon older people and the scam artist will pretend to be a grandchild.
Amanda LeGars, director of longterm care at the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, says it’s an especially upsetting scam because it preys on how much you care for your loved ones.
If you do get a phone call like this, try to call the person on their cell phone or home phone to see if they’re really in trouble or check with another family member.
And if you do end up becoming the victim of a scam, never be afraid or embarrassed to tell the police. They can start investigating your case, and the details you provide them can help make sure that other people don’t fall victim to the scam in the future.