South Dakota (KSFY) — State officials have received eight reports in just two days about a scam targeting grandparents across South Dakota.
Attorney General Marty Jackley said the scam begins with a telephone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or other family member and requests money for a critical situation such as legal proceedings, theft of their personal belongings or medical conditions.
Some calls have multiple scammers on the line impersonating the “grandchild’s” attorney, Jackley said.
The “attorney” indicates that they have already made an agreement with a judge and all they are waiting for are funds to be received in order for the grandchild to be released.
In the past these scammers would insist on a wire transfer, Jackley said, but the current reports involve the victims sending cash, wrapped in paper, and sent via a shipping company.
With the holiday season and packages being sent daily, there is less attention to this method of shipping.
Jackley said three people have given cash ranging from $17,000 to $145,000.
Trying to run a scam on grandparents is mean. Just straight up sad. And even though I think scams are awful, you have to admit that this scam in South Dakota is pretty fabulous.
Calling up grandparents and pretending to be their grandchildren is the best scam I’ve heard in all of the scams.
This also shows how amazing grandparents are. Three people have handed over between $17,000 to $145,000 that a shit ton a money. Grandparents will do anything to help their children. Even though I don’t condone scams if I ever get low on money, like probably tomorrow, I might do this but probably not. Just a great idea but a very very very terrible and sad idea.