Perhaps one of the cruelest con games involves the families of those serving in the U.S. military. Known as the Grandparent Scam, con men identify the grandparents of a service member deployed overseas. The scammers call the grandparents to say the soldier has gotten a leave, is coming home, but wants to surprise the family. Some time passes before another scammer calls the grandparents and, posing as a friend, claims the soldier's car has broken down and he needs to get it fixed or he won't be able to come home. Then they ask the grandparents to wire them the money. Typically the scheme nets between $5,000 and $15,000 per family for the scammers.