Six common security scams targeted at seniors

Date Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2020

A scam can be initiated via the computer (email, internet, social media), text, postal mail, in person, or a phone call. No matter the origin of the scam, the characteristics are the same:

  • First, there is something to pique your interest – someone in trouble, big discount offers, lottery win.
  • Second, the individual contacting you seems trustworthy, super friendly, and seems to care about you.
  • Third, there’s a deadline associated with the offer – act fast, act now.

There will always be scams, particularly those targeted at seniors. This month’s newsletter identifies some common scams and some tips to help you take control of the situation and stay safe and stay in control.

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