Con artists regularly make false claims to older Americans to obtain money for themselves or others. Since these types of requests are rarely legitimate, seniors must never give money to any stranger on the phone — or to new “friends” met on the internet. It is usually best to immediately disconnect from such people. Continuing your contact with them will only invite more high-pressure arguments to break down your resistance.
To help you more readily resist such requests, this article will briefly review the ten most common scams currently being used to fraudulently steal billions from older people. Of course, you can decide to protect yourself on the phone by never answering calls from phone numbers you do not recognize — after entering and saving the phone numbers of all close family members, friends, and doctors.
Ten telephone and internet scams you must avoid taking seriously
Always keep in mind that our government estimates that annually, seniors lose about $2.9 billion dollars to cruel financial scams. That should make it easier for you to resist giving any money or personal data away to strangers or “new friends.” (See: The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging publications).
Please always feel free to call one of our Murray Lobb attorneys when you have any serious concerns that someone is trying to take advantage of you financially. In some cases, you may want to ask us to draft a Durable Power of Attorney document. This will make it legally possible for someone you trust to help you manage your finances and prevent any dishonest person from gaining access to your funds.
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