It’s no secret seniors are a major target for scammers. In fact, it’s estimated they lose more than $3 billion a year to fraudsters according to a study published by the MetLife Mature Market Institute. Not only are seniors more likely to be targeted, but they’re also likely to lose more money than younger victims on average. While these thieves continue to come up with new ways to cheat the elderly, there are some key warning signs that it could be a scam. Here’s a few things to look out for.
Bank Texting Scams
Scammers can go to great lengths to make messages look real. Even if you’ve received messages from the same number in the past, never assume the new texts are real. These con artists can spoof real phone numbers or e-mail addresses, to make their messages appear legitimate.
In these types of scams, it’s important to watch out for links. If the new message contains a link to a phishing website, it could be a trick to get your personal information like bank account details, and credit card numbers. It’s always wise to avoid links, and go directly to your account using the bank’s URL.
Online Dating Scams
One of the biggest red flags when it comes to online dating scams is the pace of your new love connection. If your new romantic interest seems to be moving impeccably fast, this could be a sign they’re looking for more than just a love connection.
These types of cons usually come up with a heartbreaking story, or ask you to borrow cash or gift cards to get through a rough time. These types of requests are major indications that something isn’t right. Never give out important personal information or wire/send money to someone you’ve just met.
Some other tell-tale signs something could be a scam include:
- A call or e-mail claiming to be from a government agency that is asking for a payment of some sort.
- A request to pay money or taxes upfront to receive a prize or a gift.
- A sense of urgency, the “act now” or lose out type of deal.
- A caretaker or new friend asking for personal information like financial records and passwords.
Do you have more questions about taking care of your aging loved ones or know of a new scam targeting seniors?
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