Protect Yourself and Loved Ones From Fraud:

According to a recent report by the FBI criminals are targeting older people more than ever before. It is costing people billions of dollars and

 

Common Elder Fraud Schemes

  • Romance scam: Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on their elderly victims’ desire to find companions.

  • Tech support scam: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.

  • Grandparent scam: Criminals pose as a relative—usually a child or grandchild—claiming to be in immediate financial need.

  • Government impersonation scam: Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments.

  • Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scam: Criminals claim to work for legitimate charitable organizations to gain victims’ trust. Or they claim their targets have won a foreign lottery or sweepstake, which they can collect for a “fee.”

  • Home repair scam: Criminals appear in person and charge homeowners in advance for home improvement services that they never provide.

  • TV/radio scam: Criminals target potential victims using illegitimate advertisements about legitimate services, such as reverse mortgages or credit repair.

  • Family/caregiver scam: Relatives or acquaintances of the elderly victims take advantage of them or otherwise get their money.

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