Is Fraud and Scams affecting OurSeniors and how to protect yourself – November 11, 2023
Is Fraud and Scams affecting OurSeniors and how to protect yourself!
OurSeniors Radio welcomes special guest speaker from the Volusia Sheriff’s Office – Detective David Mcintosh and special host Julian G. Cantillo.
Fraud and scams targeting seniors have become a concerning issue with potentially devastating consequences. Criminals are increasingly using online scams and other deceptive tactics to target older adults, particularly those who are living alone. Here are some common frauds and scams that affect seniors:
- Government Impersonation Scams: Scammers may pose as government officials or agencies to trick seniors into providing personal information or money. They might claim to be from the Social Security Administration, Medicare, or the IRS, and demand immediate payment or threaten legal action.
- Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams: Seniors may receive phone calls, emails, or mail claiming they have won a lottery or sweepstakes prize but need to pay fees or taxes to claim the winnings. These scams often target the desire for financial security and can lead to significant financial losses.
- Robocall Scams: Seniors can receive automated phone calls offering fraudulent products, services, or investment opportunities. These calls often use scare tactics or promises of high returns to manipulate older adults into providing personal or financial information.
- Charity Scams: Scammers may exploit seniors’ generosity by posing as representatives of fake charities or disaster relief organizations. They use emotional appeals to convince seniors to donate money, but the funds end up in the scammers’ pockets instead.
- Internet Scams: Online fraudsters can trick seniors through various online platforms, including email, social media, and online shopping. Examples include phishing emails, fake websites selling counterfeit products, or romance scams where scammers develop relationships to exploit seniors emotionally and financially.
It is essential for seniors, and their families, caregivers to be aware of these scams and take preventive measures to protect themselves. This includes being cautious with personal information, verifying the authenticity of callers or websites, and staying informed about the latest scams targeting seniors.
For more information on fraud and scams targeting seniors, you can refer OurSeniors.net and to the following sources: https://ourseniors.net/category/fraud-security/