Scams Target Elderly

We are in a new age and with that comes the sophisticated scam artist. These scam “artists’ are using the latest technology like; FaceBook, Internet, and Smart Phones to target and take advantage of the elderly. Some of the latest scams that you and your friends and family should be aware of include:

IRS Scam — Phone call or emails from someone claiming to be from the IRS to collect payment for overdue taxes. These callers may threaten jail time or drivers license revocation. Go to www.irs.gov to report a scam.

Jury Duty Scam — Phone call from someone claiming to be with the courthouse. They claim that you failed to report and a warrant has been issued. They demand payment or threaten arrest. Hangup and call the courthouse to report.

Utility Scam — This is another fear-based scam that involves convincing you that the utility company is about to cut off service due to unpaid bills. The scammers will naturally want money sent to them by money transfer or a prepaid card. Hangup and contact your utility company to report.

For more information on Senior Fraud go to: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors