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SCAM ALERT: Scams popping up and targeting senior citizens

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The grandparent scam and Microsoft scam are hitting in local areas The grandparent scam and Microsoft scam are hitting in local areas
The grandparent scam and Microsoft scam are hitting in local areas The grandparent scam and Microsoft scam are hitting in local areas
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Two scams are popping up in the Cape Fear area. Eldercare is warning the community of specific scams that are targeting the senior citizens.

Grandparent Scam

The "Grandparent Scam" is a scam in which individuals receive a phone call from a scammer pretending to be a grandchild in panic asking for money. The caller will claim it's an emergency and ask that the victim send cash immediately to help get them out of trouble.

Brigid Sheridan from Eldercare said to be warned of callers that target your emotions.

"They'll target your emotions so a loved one, somebody who is in trouble, so you're emotionally involved you emotionally react and you want to help" said Sheridan.

Microsoft Scam

The Microsoft scam is a scam that is targeting a victim's computer. The scammer will ask for information to remotely log into their computer and fix a virus. The scammer will lock the victim out of their computer and ask for $250 to fix the computer.

Eldercare hosted the event "Avoiding Scams and Frauds" this week. They are also hosting a series of free events to provide senior citizens with the knowledge to make the healthiest decisions for their lifestyle.

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