Quoth Andara Bledin
It's particularly important that people with adult grandchildren or children than they don't see very often make some effort to confirm that the person on the other side is who they say they are. And don't ask easy stuff like birthdays or relatives or pets - people who do phone calls are more likely to have done some homework before dialing.
This last part is very
important, because yes, a lot of these people have gathered a considerable amount of information before they make the call.
I got an email from an aunt, about how she was in England and had been mugged and they got all her money and the British police were no help and the Canadian embassy was no help and sheneededmoneyrightawaypleasesendmoneyrightaway ...
I found this more than a little curious since I'd spoken to her on the phone not 24 hours earlier and she hadn't mentioned anything
about going to England ...
This same aunt has gotten at least one call like that, allegedly from a grandson, but luckily she twigged to the fraud very quickly. I look forward to getting calls like that in the future, from my "grandchildren" ... since I have no kids. I anticipate having a lot of fun.