It seems like scammers kick everything up a few notches around the holidays. So, as we approach the holiday season, here are four scams known in Western New York that you need to be aware of.

Grandparents Scam

This scam targets the elderly. Scammers find personal information about their targets on social media and through Internet searches. They use the information to pose as family members, particularly grandchildren, who are in trouble and need money. This scam is executed through phone calls and emails. The scammers demand that money be provided immediately.

Several “Grandparent Scam” scenarios have been reported. In one, a grandparent receives a phone call in the middle of the night from a grandchild, who explains that he or she is in a foreign country and needs money wired as soon as possible to get out of a situation. This story often involves being in a car accident, being arrested, or being mugged. The caller also insists that the parents not be informed. In another, the scammer impersonates an arresting police officer, a lawyer, or a doctor, who is calling on behalf of the relative in trouble. ~ Erie County Consumer Protection

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, don’t give out personal information, don’t open email attachments from people you don’t know, don’t rush to send money before confirming that it’s a legitimate call, and if you believe you’ve been scammed, report it immediately.

IRS Scam

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