Friend-Family Scam Part 2

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.”

“Oh.”

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.

 

5 thoughts on “Friend-Family Scam Part 2

  1. Roseylinn, I love her response. My mother got one of these a few years back. Fortunately, she called me. I got yet another Social Security scam last night. It is an electronic voice that says Social Security has brought a legal issue against you. Of course, Social Security would send a letter if something was amiss. Thanks for publicizing these events. Keith

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    1. 🙂 Thanks, I thought her response was great and turned the tables nicely on the scammer.

      Good thing your mom called you.

      Some of my relatives have gotten the Social Security scam. I had to look up if the SSA calls or writes letters first, and surprisingly they do sometimes call first. For example if you sent in an application for benefits and they need clarification they might call to get information. But they would never threaten, or promise a raise in benefits, in exchange for personal information.

      The best thing for anyone to do is to just hang up and call the social security administration back. There is also a way to report the suspicious call: OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report

      Here is the article from SSA that talks about the scam: https://blog.ssa.gov/inspector-general-warns-public-about-caller-id-spoofing-scheme-misusing-ssa-customer-service-number/

      This older article has a bit more information:
      https://blog.ssa.gov/is-that-phone-call-from-us/

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      1. Thanks Roseylinn. If a person called and was being helpful that is far different than an electronic voice saying legal action is being taken. I think my sister received a helpful call about a matter, but most of her dealings have been by mail.

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