We're not sure how many grandparent-age readers we have here in blogland, so we thought we'd relay word of this heartless scam to readers that may know some older folks.
As if military families needed one more problem, scam artists have been trawling through Facebook profiles to target grandparents of military personnel deployed in Iraq. The scammer poses as the grandchild, saying he or she is coming home from overseas early, but is stranded after a friend's car broke down. They ask for the grandparent to keep the visit a secret from the soldier's parents, since the visit is supposed to be a surprise. Then comes the kicker: In the meantime, would Grandpa mind wiring an incredibly large amount of money to cover the car repairs?