Protect yourself from e-mail, phone scams
Posted at: 04/08/2013 2:01 PM
| Updated at: 04/08/2013 11:37 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
A warning from Greece Police: Beware of who you're sending money to. The warning comes after Greece Police say an elderly woman was the victim of a scam.
According to police, the woman received a call from someone claiming to be a booking officer for an out of state police department. She told police the booking officer said her grandson was being held on bail and that he could be released if she wired $4,400. Police say she did. But days later, she learned her grandson was never in jail.
Police say it's an age old scam that you may not fall for, but what about you're elderly parents?
AARP found in a recent study the average age of fraud victims is 69. The study also found victims tend to have more cognitive impairment than most their age and are more likely to open junk mail, give in to high pressured sales pitches, but less likely to put their name on a “Do Not Call List”.
Greece Police say the woman in this case sent money without checking with family members. Turns out she wired $4,400 to Peru. She is among the one in five seniors who will be victimized by unscrupulous people.
Greece Lt. Casey Voelkl says follow your gut feeling. If something doesn't seem right, he says it probably isn't.
Lt. Casey Voelkl, Greece Police, said, “Law enforcement will never contact you and ask for bail money. If somebody is arrested and bail is set in their case its up to them to make that contact and it's up to them to secure bail or bond. The police would never call and ask for that.”
Lt. Voelkl says if you receive a call like the victim in this case, before moving forward, get a phone number and call that number back. Do not give out any personal information over the phone or the internet. And for family members and loved ones, talk over finances with your senior citizens, ask how he or she is spending money. If that person wants to make an investment, offer to research the company with him or her and if anything happens that doesn't seem right, for example, if you have a persistent caller who won't take no for an answer and even money has been sent, report it to your local police immediately.
To learn how to protect yourself, click here.