Sioux Falls Better Business Bureau: Beware of the Grandparent’s Scam
It’s happening again in South Dakota! The scammers are busy with the “Grandparent’s Scam.”
Jessie Schmidt of the Better Business Bureau in Sioux Falls says residents need to be aware that the scam has resurfaced throughout the state.
“The caller tries to convince you that your grandson or granddaughter is in some sort of trouble. They need you to wire them money to help get them out of trouble.”
If you get one of these calls, Schmidt suggests you respond this way!
“I am going to write your phone number down. I am going to call your mom and dad. We will let you know what we can do. If they hang up or start crying, that’s a really good sign that this is not a legitimate call. We encourage you not to fall victim to these things. Take a couple of minutes and take a deep breath. They will actually sound like your grand children or they will be trying so hard you can’t tell who is calling.”
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says his office has received eight reports of the “Grandparent’s Scam” in two days.
Jackley says three people have given away cash ranging from $17,000 to $145,000.