An old friend lost her husband recently. He was a really great guy but that’s not the point of this post. She told me that within days of the death she received a call where the caller said, “hi Grandma it’s your grandson Michael….” I don’t remember the details of what she told me but I think he asked for money in some fashion. Maybe money to come visit for the funeral. I don’t recall. Doesn’t matter. Point is he was a scam artist and not her grandson. The key fact here is she is fully aware of her faculties and knew it was not her grandson.
Of course in this day and age it’s pretty easy for scam artists to read obituaries online, find a person’s phone number and call them up. In fact, that’s always been a possible scam but with the internet, and all the easily obtainable information, it is even easier as there is so much information out there.
So what’s the point? If you lose a loved one BE CAREFUL and certainly DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ANYBODY without confirming with someone else that it’s legitimate.
If you are taking care of an elderly family let them know to be on high alert as scam artists are out there and they love a person in grief that they can take advantage of.