Screening for Potential Scams
Every year, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging produces an annual Fraud Book that features the top 10 scams reported to their hotline to keep seniors informed. You can view the latest Fraud Book here: Fighting Fraud: Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s Seniors.
Outside of keeping up on the latest fraud reports, the committee offers several pointers to detect a scam. According to the Senate Aging Committee, here are 6 ways you or an aging loved one can avoid scams:
1. Con artists will try and force you to make decisions fast and may even threaten you. If you experience any of this type of behavior, disengage with the conversation immediately.
2. Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller IDs
3. Con artists sometimes pretend to be the government (e.g. the IRS)
4. Con artists try to get you to provide them with personal information like your social security number or account numbers. If you are asked to provide this information over the phone or in person, disengage from the conversation and seek advice from a trusted friend or family member before taking further action.
5. Before giving out your credit card number or money, please ask a friend or family member about it first.
6. Beware of free travel offers!
What to Do If You Suspect Fraud
If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and please call the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470 or visit https://www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline
For more information on how to protect seniors from scams, please read our blog article: 7 Ways Seniors Can Avoid Scams.