Alert Number: I-111723-PSA

FBI Warns of Scammers Targeting Senior Citizens in Grandparent Scams and Demanding Funds by Wire, Mail, or Couriers

The FBI is warning the public of scammers targeting senior citizen victims in grandparent scams and demanding funds by wire, mail, or couriers.

From January through September 2023, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received more than 195 victim complaints regarding grandparent scams, resulting in at least $1.9 million in victim losses.

Tips to Protect Yourself

  • Do not answer telephone calls from telephone numbers you do not recognize.
  • If you receive an unsolicited or suspicious call from someone claiming to be a family member and urgently requesting money, hang up. Verify the story with your family member by calling them directly. If you cannot reach them, call someone else in your family, even if scammers told you to keep it secret.
  • Limit the personally identifiable information you post on social media and dating websites. Scammers may use this information to create a convincing story.
  • If an unknown individual contacts you online or telephonically, do not release financial or personally identifiable information and do not send money.

Report It

The FBI requests victims report these fraudulent or suspicious activities to the FBI IC3 at

For additional information on a similar scheme, please see the previous Public Service Announcement published on the FBI IC3 website:
FBI Warns of a Grandparent Fraud Scheme Using Couriers