For centuries, the older generation has been preyed on by criminals. The grandparent scam is one of the most devious ones because it pulls on the elder’s heartstrings.
A scammer will call an older person and say, “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild, the scammer will take on that person’s identity.
The scammer will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problems. The grandparents usually don’t ask too many questions before sending money via Western Union or MoneyGram.