My mother was almost taken in by the Grandchild scam yesterday. She got a phone call from "her Granddaughter" being stranded in New York after attending a funeral and something about her car and driving.
She really had my mother going and believing her. My mother made my father leave his golf game so he could come home and help to send the money. But then she realized that the grandchild would only be 14 years old and would never be in New York alone or driving. She called my brother, his wife, and both of the grandchildren of that family's cell phones. Of course it was all a scam.
Now the good news is my Mother likes to talk, has many friends, and will tell all her friends everything. So hopefully everyone at her Church, clubs, work, etc, will hear all about it and will know now not to fall for this one.