There are many scams going around nowadays that try to cheat people of their money. Most of these scams target vulnerable older adults, typically living alone. Here are some recent scams to be aware of:
- Grandparent’s Scam – This is when a person calls and claims to be a grandchild. They don’t know your grandchild’s name so they will trick you into giving them the name. Once they have a name, they say they are in trouble and need money sent Moneygram or Western Union.
- Charity Scam – This scam starts from a call or mail asking for donation to a charity. They may sound legitimate but the money doesn’t get to the charity. Research all charities on charitycheck.com before donating.
- Gypsy Scam – Someone comes to your door asking if you want your driveway blacktopped/sealed or a new roof. They say they have extra material and a great deal for you. The clue is that their truck has no name on it, there is no business card or written estimate. They will try to get you to come out of the house, so for this type of scam just tell them no and don’t open the door.
- Public Works Scam – A person will pose as a public worker and say they need to check the water pressure, electric, sewer, or other issues. But once they get inside your home they will distract you and their partner will rob you.
- Pay Up or Face Arrest Scam – This caller knows your name and says they are from the “National Bureau of Crime Enforcement” because there’s a warrant for your arrest. They will then transfer you to a senior officer who says you owe the government money and if you pay immediately you’ll be arrested. The caller will not tell you what the debt is for. This scam scares you into giving out personal information or sending money to them.
- Front Door Scam – These scammers will either ask to use the phone or try to sell you something. They want to get into your house so they can rob you. Do not open the door for strangers or let uninvited people past your front door.
- Medical Alert Scam – This scam is another phone call scam where someone calls either saying you are eligible for a free medical alert system or that a friend/ family purchased one for you. They will then ask you for personal information like a bank account number or Medicare number to report fraudulent purchases.
If you think you are the victim of a scam, contact your local police and/or attorney general. Lets get these people off our streets. If your parent is being scammed a geriatric care manager consult may also be helpful. Call us at 188-323-5916 today.