Have you ever gotten a phone call from someone pretending to be a family member? They might say it is an emergency – maybe somebody is in jail, in the hospital, or being held hostage. What’s common to all of these calls is that they end with the caller asking you to send money. These calls are scams no matter how convincing they sound.
If you ever get these calls, here are a few things you can do:
•Hang up and check it out. Contact your family member directly.
•Never send money to anyone who calls and asks you for it.
•Go to consumer.FTC.gov and report it.
•Report the matter to your local Law Enforcement Agency. Watch this video for a look at how these scams play out.