7 On Your Side
Granny scam strikes again
BURLINGAME, Calif. (KGO) -- 7 On Your Side wants to alert you to a scam that's resurfacing -- it's know as the "granny scam."
Burlingame police say an elderly woman lost $1,200 when she wired it to Canada because she thought it was going to help her grandson.
What happened was this: a scammer called, said he was a friend of her grandson, and said the grandson had been involved in a car accident in Canada and needed the money for an attorney.
She didn't realize she'd been conned until she told her family what happened; by then her money was gone.
Police say families need to talk about this with their elders and maybe set-up a code relatives can use if there's really an emergency.
burlingame, scam, 7 on your side, michael finney
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