Grandson Scam Hits Lincoln

A Lincoln woman almost fell victim to a scam that's becoming more and more common across the United States.

They're commonly called “grandparent scams” or “grandchild scams.”

A woman who almost became Lincoln's most recent victim to one of them says she's learned her lesson and she has advice for everyone.

When Karen Jensen's phone rang Monday morning, she says, “I was very upset.  I thought my grandson was in a car accident.  I was concerned about him so, emotionally, I was very upset.”

She was upset because the person on the other line claimed to be her grandson, Jake.

The caller told her he was in Canada for a funeral and he was in a car accident.  He said in order to get back to Lincoln, he needed her to send him $2,500 dollars.  He even put someone on the phone who claimed to be a police officer.

Jensen believed the call so, she got money and went to Wal-Mart, to send a money gram. That's when the clerk told her they'd heard that story a day earlier.

Jensen called the real Jake and realized it was all a scam.  “After I found out this was a scam, I was irate.  I just thought, 'somebody is using my grandson, telling me a story like this, trying to get my money so they don't have to go to work.”

The Better Business Bureau says scams like this are becoming more commonplace and have some tips.

Always be sure to verify the caller's identity, confirm that relative is where they say they are, and don't send money unless you're sure they are in trouble.

As for Jensen, she says, “think twice when you get a phone call like this.  It may not be your grandson.  There are people out there who would portray something like that, which I never thought would happen.”




Jensen told me if any of  her grandchildren call for help in the future, she'll definitely think twice.