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Grandparents phone scam ringing in around Lima

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According to the Better Business Bureau of West Central Ohio, the grandparent scam involves people who are often located outside of the country calling elderly folks saying that their grandchild is in trouble with the law and need money. According to the Better Business Bureau of West Central Ohio, the grandparent scam involves people who are often located outside of the country calling elderly folks saying that their grandchild is in trouble with the law and need money.
What makes these calls successful is the scare tactics used by the scammers. What makes these calls successful is the scare tactics used by the scammers.

A common phone scam targeting grandparents is making its rounds in our area.

According to the Better Business Bureau of West Central Ohio, the grandparent scam involves people who are often located outside of the country calling elderly folks saying that their grandchild is in trouble with the law and need money. They usually ask for it to be mailed in the form of gift cards or prepaid debit cards, and most likely do not even know personal details about who they are calling.

What makes these calls successful is the scare tactics used by the scammers.

"It's all a scare tactic, and what grandparent isn't going to be upset if they get a call from a grandchild saying 'I'm in trouble, I need help,'" says Cheryl Parson, President of the West Central Ohio branch. "They're usually crying, so you can't really recognize they're voice and that. What they want is money and sometimes it's a lot of money, could be $1,000, $2,000, sometimes it's only $500 dollars

Parson says that if you suspect you are getting one of these calls, simply hang up the phone and contact the Better Business Bureau.

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