New Scam Targets Military Members & Their Families - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

New Scam Targets Military Members & Their Families

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, Wash.--  There's a new twist on the old "Grandparents Scam."  Now, scammers are targeting family members of people in the military. 

The Better Business Bureau says they're now using social networking websites to find out more about troops who are overseas. They're using things like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter to  find out who's been deployed.  Then, these criminals can find a hometown or relative's names to get their contact information.  They call the grandparents or family, even sometimes contacting them online, pretending to be the service member coming home on leave or to surprise them.

The plot thickens, as the scammer fakes a story about their car breaking down or getting stuck at an airport, and needing money to be wired to them.  Many people have wired the money and became the victim of this latest scam.

The BBB wants you to be aware of this and warn others so they can protect themselves.