Although it can happen at any time of the year, In December it is common for families to get together for the holidays, Relatives, whether from other states of the republic or living abroad, come to the posadas, to celebrate Christmas or the New Year, but beware, this is also when “relative fraud” is most frequent.
in December whenrelative fraud“O”visiting relatives,Therefore the Citizens’ Council for the Security and Justice of Mexico City calls on the population to be careful and to report it.
What is the “Visiting Relative” Scam?
The Citizens Council details that the fraud “visiting relativesgiven as follows:
- speak an assumption”familiarand asks for money or information
- The person receiving the call agrees to the scammer’s requests, thinking it is a relative
- In some cases, the scammer confirms to the victim that, upon arrival in Mexico, for example, from the United States, they asked for money to pass the goods: “gifts for the family”.
- He confirms that he does not have the cash to “free” her, but the amount of goods is high, leading him to ask for a loan from the supposed relative, with a promise to get it back; the victim gives in and that’s where the cheating happens
When one of these calls is received, it is recommended disconnect the phone and verify the data with the rest of the family,
Similarly, the civic council provides for the population Number 55 553 553324/7 with free legal advice.
During 2021 till December 14, 7 thousand 408 cases of fraud were registered with the agency, out of which 14% were in modality”visiting relatives, -more common before the December holidays-, a way in which scammers try to cheat By telling the victim that they are her relatives who have come from abroad or any other state, but you have an emergency and need the money.