Grandparents Scam Despicable

One of the nicest, most compassionate women in Wheeling called us Friday to alert us that a new round of “grandparent scam” calls is being made. She received one, but refused to cooperate.

Here’s how it works: A scam artist calls an older woman, claiming her grandson has been arrested and needs bail money. A credit card or bank account number is requested. The worried grandmother provides it, then learns she has been robbed.

It happens with disturbing frequency. Obviously, no one should fall for it. Never give a caller personal information that could help them take your money. Never.

Often, the victims or near-victims of the scam are so upset they neglect to get information that might help police, or don’t even call them.

If you get such a call, write down what information you can, then call the police.

It can be exceedingly difficult for law enforcement agencies to track down the perpetrators of such scams. They should try hard to do so, however. We can think of few classes of criminals more richly deserving of prison.