HELENA - When scammers aren't thinking of new ways to get your money they recycle or update an old scam.
The grandparent scam or emergency works like this -- you get a phone call from a scammer posing as a relative, a friend or maybe event a former classmate. They say they're having an emergency, usually in a foreign county, and they need you to send them money, now.
The last thing you want to do is send the money. The first thing you want to do is confirm the person's identity and confirm that a real emergency exists.
"And if you think that it's suspicious, or you don't trust the person, end the conversation. Either don't reply to the messages that they're sending you or hang up the phone," said Montana Office of Consumer Protection investigator Marcus Meyer. "And if people have other questions, they can contact law enforcement or they can contact the office of consumer protection.
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