A reminder to hop away from scamsters!

Spring is upon us and Easter quickly rounding the bend. Yet another opportunity for chocolate! We have some wonderful local confections here in our community. You know what I am talking about, Easter eggs as big as footballs with the most delightful fillings. I think the mindset is to slice them and have a piece now and then, but come on, who really does that? Oh, we would slice them all right, into chunks as big as hamburgers.

And those milk chocolate bunnies? Who can ever just get by with a nibble of that silky, melt in your mouth chocolatey deliciousness? And for me, a dedicated animal lover and semi-vegetarian, who has to stop and move turtles that are trying to cross the road, I just seem to have no problem mutilating those bunnies! I guess we all have our vices!

Moving on from the food of the month discussion, (I told you early on that I was a dedicated foodie), let’s talk about another scam hitting our area heavily – Grandparent Scams.

We touched lightly upon this in January, but since it is not ceasing in its frequency, we wanted to bring it to your attention once again.

The scam starts like this, you get a call (could be late in the evening when you would normally be sleeping thus perhaps not at the top of your game in thinking when you answer the phone), from someone that is posing as your grandchild. Their voice will usually be somewhat muffled, (that way you can’t really tell if it is your grandchild or not) and they will sound very desperate or even frightened.

They will usually address you as “grandma” or “grandpa,” (so if your grandchild normally calls you another name such as “nana” or “pops,” then you know it’s not your grandchild), and will hurriedly explain that they are in some type of “trouble” or “situation.”

They will need for you to wire money to a designated spot immediately to “save” them or keep them safe. There will usually be a caution or plea against contacting their parents as well.

Another twist in this scam is that an unknown person may contact you and tell you that your grandchild has been traveling and is in jail (often in a foreign country), and again, they need you to wire funds in order to help them.

Remain calm. Most likely you are being targeted as a victim of the Grandparent Scam. You can ask the caller for a number to get back to them or tell them to call you back in an hour as you are not in a place or position to get their instructions. Regardless of what you have been told, contact your grandchild or their parents immediately. Once you receive verification of their safety, you will have the assurance that this is a scam.

You should also report the scam. You can do so by going to https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/evansville and reporting the scam so that the BBB can share it with law enforcement agencies for use in identifying and prosecuting scammers as well as warning others of the suspicious activities.

Have a safe and wonderful Easter! For more information, you can contact the BBB at 812-473-0202 or contact@evansville.bbb.org.

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Cathy is the President and CEO of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau.

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