Interior Policy

Editorial: Scam city

Editorial: Scam city

What is about Williamsburg that makes us a target-rich environment for scammers?

We're a largely educated populace, and there is a fair amount of wealth. Those strengths, however, are often our weakness.

Scammers seldom pray on intelligence. Instead, they appeal to our emotions.

The "grandma" scam is a perfect example. Highly intelligent people fall for a voice on the other end of the line claiming to be a grandson or granddaughter, pleading for help because he or she has been jailed in a foreign country. All it takes to get them out is wiring money, a transaction that can't be stopped once it's been approved.

Greater Williamsburg also boasts an aging...