The internet is a public place.
“When families go on vacation, they don’t do their relatives any favors when they post Facebook pictures and tell everyone how long they’ll be gone,” said Barbara Fore, an elder-related-crimes investigator for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. “Criminals are monitoring things like Facebook all the time, and they can often find out just about everything they need to know to run their cons.”
The grandparent scam is not new, but the social-media connection is an emerging trend, according to MoneyGram International Inc., a Dallas-based money-wire services company. Nearly one-third of consumers ages 18 to 49 reveal details of their vacations online, which criminals can exploit, according to a recent survey sponsored by the company.
Read the rest, then update your status to “Forewarned is forearmed.”