Ohio AG Urges Grandparents To Be On Alert To Scams

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Ohio's top law enforcement official wants grandparents to be wary of calls to help grandchildren.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has received 22 complaints this year on what are called grandparent scams. People have lost from $1,000 to $8,000 in different scams.
Typically, someone will pose as a grandchild often claiming to be calling from overseas or another state. They will ask the grandparent to wire money needed to avoid going to jail or for some other urgent need. They also will urge the grandparent not to tell their parents.
Among other precautions, his office advises to ask the caller questions only the grandchild could answer and to be very suspicious if they say don't tell the parents and unexpectedly ask for wire transfers or prepaid money cards.