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Grandpa spots scammers

"One of my favorite parts about working at the Federal Trade Commission is hearing stories of folks avoiding a scam," writes Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC.

A recent story involves Lou, who picked up the phone and spotted the scam almost as soon as he heard the young man call him “Grandpa.” The caller said he’d been arrested for drunk driving, needed money for bail, and wanted Lou to call a “lawyer” who would explain everything. (All while not telling “Mom.”)

“I played along with it,” said Lou, 87, who was curious to hear the scammer’s pitch. But Lou also called…More

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