The Bad Guys
With technology, the range of possible perpetrators is vast. But, often it is a person in a position of trust that is the guilty party.
IRS Scam – These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
Grandparent Scam – In a typical Grandparent Scam, a con artist calls or emails the victim, posing as a relative in distress or someone claiming to represent the relative (such as a lawyer or law enforcement agent). The “relative” of the grandparent explains she/he is in trouble and needs their grandparent to wire them funds that will be used for bail money, lawyer’s fees, hospital bills, or another fictitious expense.
Construction – A ‘contractor’ knocks on the door with an offer to repair a problem, begins the work and attempts to collect payment before any work is completed.
Lottery – A perpetrator calls or emails claiming a lottery win and asks for a social security number or other forms of identification to verify.
Medicare/health insurance – A medical office bills and collects insurance reimbursement for unperformed services.
Funeral/cemetery – Funeral packages and cemetery plots are sold over the phone and require immediate payment.
Anti-aging products – Creams, machines, diet plans, supplements, etc. are offered by a telemarketer and require immediate payment.
Seniors First volunteers are our eyes and ears on the fraud watch-front line to help our local seniors avoid being scammed. If you encounter a senior who you think may be a victim of fraud, please encourage them to report it to their local Police. They can also call the Seniors First Information & Assistance Hotline for more information and resources, at 800-878-9222 ext. 216