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Grandma Scam making a comeback

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the economy continues to decline and more people struggle financially, scams are on the rise again - including the resurfacing of the "Grandma Scam."

A scam artist normally begins a conversation by saying, "Hi, Grandma, it's me, your favorite grandchild."

The unsuspecting grandparent will usually respond with a grandchild's name.

With that information, the caller makes a pitch for money saying they've been in an automobile accident, in the hospital or being under arrest.

Police say some elderly folks tend to fall for scams.

"In their generation they were very trustworthy and a lot of them are still that way, and also a lot of them are also kind hearted and willing to help people out. Unfortunately there are people in this generation that stalk and take advantage of that," Sgt. Lee Reynolds, Dougherty County Police.

The imposter grandchild often pleas for the grandparent not to call their parents and promises to pay them back in a few days.

To protect your loved ones the state recommends educating your family and friends about these scams.

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