- In San Jose, Calif., an 81 year-old grandmother lost all her savings, $81,000, in a story reported by NBC on December 5th.
- On November 27th in Columbia, SC, a man was recently arrested for attempting to defraud seniors while impersonating a police officer according to a news article
- On November 19th, in Las Vegas a number of swindlers were arrested for a telemarketing scam in which they made about $6,000,000 in fraudulent gains selling a fake timeshare.
Senior Scams Peak During Holidays
Instances like this occur everyday, but law enforcement officials warn that they spike during the holidays. For example, the Better Bureau Business of Nashville recently sent an announcement warning of widespread scams in which crooks call elderly people claiming to be relatives in desperate situations, and ask the senior to wire money. The scammers rely on people’s generosity during Christmas time, and often weave the holidays into the elaborate stories they tell victims.
Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim
Here are a few tips to help seniors, and others, from becoming victims:
- Watch out for offers that are too good to be true.
- Never give out personal information over the phone.
- Never wire money to someone you don’t know.
- Check credentials, ask for references, and only work with licensed contractors.
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