Donít be a victim: Thieves targeting seniors in
BOGUS CHARITIES - The senior is approached either at the door or by telephone with a request to donate to a legitimate sounding charity. Be very wary of such calls. Many so-called charities are bogus and the money is diverted directly into the pockets of the crooks.
HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAMS - The senior is approached normally by at least two individuals posing as contractors. The unsuspecting victim is persuaded that a roof, driveway or home needs repairs. The strangers pretend to carry out the work, which is in fact, shoddy and almost worthless.
THEFTS FROM WITHIN THE HOME - The senior is approached at the door by at
least two individuals who use a ruse to enter the seniorís home. Such ruses
are a request to use the telephone or to get a glass of water. Once inside, one
of the individuals will keep the senior occupied while the other individual
rummages through the seniorís personal belongings and steals cash and
BANK INVESTIGATOR (EXAMINER) SCHEME - The senior is contacted outside their
bank or by telephone by a stranger who identifies himself as a member of law
enforcement. The stranger asks for the seniorís help in catching a dishonest
bank employee. The senior is persuaded to go inside the bank to a particular
teller window and withdraw a large sum of cash and then meet the
"official" outside. Once the senior hands over the cash, the stranger
disappears with the money.
SWEEPSTAKES SCAM - The senior receives a call whether from Canada or from another part of the USA. The caller explains that the senior has won a substantial prize, but to collect that prize, the senior must first send a money order for up to $4,000 by express mail.
Some tips on how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of financial elder abuse:
If you believe you or someone you know is the victim of elder abuse, please call your local police department, (858) 484-3154, or this 24- hour anonymous reporting line: 1-800-510-2020.
Courtesy RB NEWSJournal
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