COLUMBIA, Mo- Thousands of students are on spring break this week, leaving the grandparents open to scam.
When major Universities break, scammers prey on the people who stay behind. The elderly usually stay at home and are more susceptible to falling victim.
What typically happens is a scammer will call and claim that they are a grandchild. They will then proceed to tell them that they are in need of money and it needs to be wired immediately.
One woman, Nardina Mulgannon, almost was a victim when she thought she was talking to her grandson Andrew. Luckily, after a few moments she thought he sounded funny. She asked him what his last name was and after realizing Mulgannon was not going to fall for his tricks, the scammer hung up.
Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection, Joe Bindbeutel says that the elderly are more vulnerable because they are more trusting. He also says that they are embarrassed to tell anyone because they fear they will be viewed as incapable of taking care of themselves. However, reporting the problem is the number one thing to do in order to try and get your money back.
Families are urged to talk with their older family members if they plan on heading out of town.
Never give out any important information over the phone and check with multiple sources before acting with the demands.