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The US Senate Special Committee on Aging held a meeting today about scams, one in particular focuses on grandparents.

It's called the "Grandma, it's me scam" and that's because that's what it is. The scammer makes the call and says, "Grandma, its me." They pretend like they're in jail or they have a medical emergency and because it's the middle of the night and these grandparents are disoriented, they fork over the cash.

Once they've spent this money, they can't get it back because its usually through a wire transfer or a prepaid debit card.

Here's what you need to know:

IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE A SCAM VICTIM:
1. Don't pay immediately! Contact your family members to see if they are actually in trouble.
2. Confide in a trusted person about being pressured for money. They should be able to help you decide i...f the scam is actually a scam.
3. Never give your credit card or SSN over the phone. If a government agency wants it, they'll come to your house or send you a letter.

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM:
1. Contact your bank and cancel your credit cards and debit cards.
2. Put a fraud alert on your bank accounts.
3. Put a fraud alert on your credit reports so no one can open an account in your name.

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