I think my dad just fell for a scam and lost some money. What can he do to be safer?

I think my dad just fell for a scam and lost some money. What can he do to be safer?

According to the FBI, each year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of fraud like romance, lottery, and sweepstakes scams, to name a few. Criminals communicate with them directly via computer, phone, and the mail.

Seniors are often targeted because they tend to be trusting and polite and they usually have financial savings, own a home, and have good credit—all of which make them attractive targets.

Here are some common scams to be aware of:

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

To learn more about this important topic, join me on Facebook Live at 3 pm Tuesday 5/25. Tania Nemer and James Pollack from The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office will help us learn ways to minimize the chances of becoming a victim.  We will discuss ways to avoid scams which target identity and money as well as ways to protect yourself while out in the community.

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