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Attorney General Curtis Hill Warns Hoosiers Of 'Grandparent Scams'
Updated May 4, 2017 7:17 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is urging Indiana senior citizens to be vigilant as complaints of "grandparent scams" are becoming more common.

Seniors, specifically those who have grandchildren, have become primary targets for scammers - and "grandparent scams" are just the latest evidence of this trend.

"Grandparent scams" occur when a senior receives a call, email or Facebook message from a scammer claiming to be their high-school- or college-age grandchild, stating that they are in danger or have an emergency.

The common thread is a plea for money - often upwards of thousands of dollars.

In 2016, the CPD received 90 "grandparent scam" complaints through the first four months of the year.

In 2017, however, the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office has already received 130 complaints regarding "grandparent scams.

Indiana senior citizens who believe they were targeted by a grandparent scam can call the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division or file a complaint at IndianaConsumer.com.



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