The FTC shares safety advice to avoid robocalls & other attacks related to “Family emergency scams”

Don’t send them money | FTC Consumer Information

Family emergency scams like this try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The fraud can play out in many ways, but the hustle is the same: the caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. And once you do that, you’ll never get it back.

To avoid family emergency scams:

    • Resist the urge to act immediately — no matter how dramatic the story is.
    • Call or message your loved one who (supposedly) contacted you. Even though the caller says not to. But use a number you know is right, not one the caller gives you.
    • Never send cash, gift cardscryptocurrencyor money transfers. Once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone!