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Elderly Scam

The grandparent scam - This scam is extremely deceptive because it plays on an elderly person's emotions. In a "grandparent scam", a scammer contacts an older person and pretends to be their grandchild (or a relative). They ask them if they know who is calling, and when the senior citizen guesses the name of one of their grandchildren (or relatives), they pretend to be that person. The scammer tells the grandparent that they are in some sort of financial bind and asks if they can send money using Western Union or MoneyGram to help them out. The scammer asks the grandparent not to tell anyone about their situation. Once the scammer receives the money, he continues to contact the elderly person and asks them to send more money.

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