BBB Warns Of Emergency Scams - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

BBB Warns Of Emergency Scams

Posted: Updated:

The Better Business Bureau reports during the summer travel season, there is an increased potential for Emergency or Grandparent Scams to occur. More people are traveling, and whenever people are vulnerable, fraudsters will generally attack.

Emergency scams play off people's emotions and strong desire to help others in need. Scammers impersonate their victims 'loved ones, often using information they've picked up on social media, and make up an urgent situation - I've been arrested, I've been mugged, I've been in a wreck, I'm in the hospital. The scammer makes an urgent plea for help…and money.In most cases, the scammer asks for money to be wired immediately. The victim often responds quickly and without checking first to see if the pleading voice on the other end of the phone really is their grandchild or other loved one.

BBB advice to consumers to avoid scams is:

  •  Never use a money transfer service to send money to someone you have not met in person.
  •  Never send money for an emergency situation without verifying that it's a real emergency; ignore the caller's plea not to tell others; confirm through other friends and family.
  •  Never send funds received by check until it officially clears in your account, which can take several days, or more.