Elderly Scammed By 'Relatives' Seeking Aid A new scam is on the rise throughout the country; con men, posing as "grandchildren", have been calling elderly men and women and asking for emergency cash. "Please send me $5,000 for bail," they plead. "And please ... don't tell Mom."
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Elderly Scammed By 'Relatives' Seeking Aid

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Elderly Scammed By 'Relatives' Seeking Aid

Elderly Scammed By 'Relatives' Seeking Aid

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A new scam is on the rise throughout the country; con men, posing as "grandchildren", have been calling elderly men and women and asking for emergency cash. "Please send me $5,000 for bail," they plead. "And please ... don't tell Mom."

Guests:

Alison Preszler, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau

Calvin Haddad, mother died as a result of phone scam

Chris Painter, deputy assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division