SMU parents and grandparents are asked to be aware that a nationwide phone and email scam has been targeting grandparents for several years. An SMU Mothers’ Club member has reported that her parents recently received a call seeking money, supposedly to help their grandson, a college student in Louisiana.
The FBI provides helpful information about this so-called “grandparent scam” online. The FBI recommends that anyone who receives a call seeking money should:
- Resist the pressure to act quickly
- Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
- Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash, once you send it, you can’t get it back.