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Families Still Feel Impact of Scam Artists

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The Internet is full of scam artists; some of the most heartless ones target senior citizens by pretending to be loved ones in trouble.

Mary Meyer still gets emotional when she thinks about the frightening call she recently received from someone posing as her granddaughter.

The person on the other end told Meyer she'd been in a minor crash, and that she was with a bondsman who was demanding her grandmother pay $2,600.

But the 80-year-old was suspicious and told the caller she needed to consult a lawyer. The caller immediately hung up.

She also reached out to family friend Adam Levin, who happens to be a cyber security expert. He told her that she almost fell victim to a common trap known as the Grandparent Scam.

The Federal Trade Commission says last year alone it received more than 400,000 complaints about imposter scams like the Grandparent Scam.

Levin says a major red flag is a request for specific types of payment. He said they will request a cashier's check, some kind of bank check, or pre-paid debit card, but they are not interested with taking a credit card because credit cards have robust fraud protections.

Meyer never handed over any money, but has a message for the person who tried to trick her. She's now speaking out to warn others not to fall for the trap.

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