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Grandparents still falling for 'wire me some $' scam

Grandparents still falling for 'wire me some $' scam

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Cons in Canada are still preying on grandparents. Since All Consuming first alerted readers about the "grandparent scam" (also called the "grandchild scam") in summer 2008, people continue to tell us how they or their loved ones fell victim to the ploy. Many people have been duped into sending thousands of dollars by Western Union or Moneygram because they thought their grandchild had been arrested in Canada for drunk driving and needed bail money.

Attorney General Rob McKenna joined Consumerman Herb Weisbaum at the KOMO TV newsroom yesterday to issue another warning:

This scam is nationwide, folks, and shows no signs of slowing down. While most victims never recover their money, here's one place where you can report these crimes: Phonebusters, the Canadaian anti-fraud call center.

In related news, the Federal Trade Commission just announced that MoneyGram will pay $18 million to settle allegations the company and its agents helped callers defraud consumers out of $84 million. Attorneys general reached agreements with Western Union in 2005 and MoneyGram in 2008 that required the companies to fund a national consumer education program and print warnings about fraud on the forms used to send money.

Related blog posts:

"Grandparent scam" targets Washington elderly again

Grandparent scam hits more victims

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 10/30/2009 03:43:59 PM | 


I was called last Wed. Hi Grandma, this is your favorite grandson. I was caught by surprise, and gave my grandson's name...Then he said he would tell me some
thing but I could tell no one else. He had a friend in Canada getting married and he flew up with him for the wedding. Well he said the wedding got out of hand and he was in trouble...About that time I remembered the Herb Wiesbaum alert
and said waite a minute give me your birthdate....The phone went click. Then
in the afternoon he called again. I was going to keep him on the line and get more information but I think he reconized my voice and hung up again.
Thanks for the consumer warnings....
Posted by: June Welzbacker ( Email ) at 11/8/2009 2:25 PM


June, I can't believe how low and sneaky that is. Thank goodness you had the good sense not to believe him. I just hope too many people aren't duped. :(
Posted by: Gayle ( Email ) at 3/27/2010 3:11 AM


That is just awful. These warnings are really helpful. I hope this goes out as National Campaigns so as to make everyone aware.
Posted by: Louella ( Email ) at 10/17/2011 2:21 AM


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