By Bill Rodenspiel, Abuse Specialist
Currently there are many scams out there targeting elderly to invest their money, or gain their identity, steal from them, or trick them into buying something they neither want nor need.
Below is a short list of some of the scams now in progress:
The “Nigerian” email scam.
This one is when the con artist claims to be an official or surviving spouse of a former Nigerian leader, asking for aid and promising to repay a loan to pay his taxes etc. If you fall for this, you will never get your money back and if you provided ID information you will become a victim of identity theft.
The “phishing” scam
Here you receive mail or email which claim to be a business, or government organization , like the IRS, bank, police etc. which asks you to confirm your personal information like date of birth, credit card numbers , or social security number using terms such as please “update”, “validate”, or “confirm” your account information etc.
The “foreign lotteries” scam
This one encourages you to buy a lottery ticket in another country or even claiming you may have already won a prize etc. Just send them the shipping cost or tax,you will not get your prize or back any money you sent.
You know the saying: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. Please be aware that there are many scams that try to trick you. If you are suspicious, ask for help, hang up or ignore!