On alert for “grandparent scam”

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State and federal lawmakers want to make sure you’re aware of a telephone scam impacting a number of families in Connecticut.

They’re going to talk about it at a 12:30 news conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The scheme — sometimes referred to as a “grandparent scam” — is typically initiated by a phone call falsely informing people a family member has been involved in an accident, or is being held hostage, until the caller receives money.

Lawmakers intend to outline steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov .

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