The familial component makes even the sharpest people blind to the ploy.Around one out of every 50 people fall for it, according to the criminal.Every page on this site is an assault on the senses – it’s overwhelming.The Chinese characters certainly don’t help with this.
"We target people over the age of 65, mainly, because they're more gullible," the unnamed 31-year-old criminal told CBS News. The callers often follow scripts similar to this: "Hey, how are you, hi grandma, hi grandpa... If I tell you, just keep it between us, I'm on vacation, but I got into a little accident, and I was arrested for a DUI.
Confirm that it's your grandchild by asking the caller a specific question, that only your grandchild would know the answer to.
If you think you've been targeted, you can alert the Federal Trade Commission, or report the incident to your local police.
After learning about the terrifying "can you hear me?
" scheme back in December, there's now another phone scam making the rounds, and this time it's targeting grandparents.