The other day my relative told me about how they got another one of the “friends and family” scam phone calls.
They answered the phone, “hello.”
“Hi grandma,” he sniffled, “how are you? This is your grandson.” The voice did not sound like any of her grandkids. Immediately the relative knew that it was a scam.
My relative decided to have a little fun, “Oh, hi. How are you? Oh, it is so good to hear from you.” He mumbled a reply as she continued, “You know Grandma isn’t doing so well.”
“Uhm, your not?”
“Oh no, Grandma isn’t well at all and can’t afford to go to the doctor.”
She went on, “And the car broke down so that has to be fixed. Can you send grandma some money?”
They immediately hung up.
Keep in mind that the best course of action is to not answer the phone, and if you do to just hang up the telephone. This scam like so many others is to con a person into sending them money and/or into handing over information such as: name, address, bank account, credit card, and/or even social security numbers.