Scammed: I didn’t think I’d be a Victim of a Scam
We all like to believe we are smart enough to be able to protect ourselves from identity theft and the deceptive practices of scammers. However, the truth of the matter is that, scammers are very cunning. They know how to use technological advances to their advantage which leaves those who are less savvy at-risk. It can be particularly difficult to identify scammers because sometimes, in worst case scenarios, these “scammers” can be family members who wind up financially exploiting the elder.
Scams targeting the elderly are rarely reported because sometimes seniors are too embarrassed to admit they were ripped off. DO NOT BE EMBARRASSED! Though scammers typically prey on seniors or the elderly, it is important to understand that all of us, regardless of our age, are susceptible to the trickery of these con artists.
It is critical, if you believe you are a victim of a scam or if you suspect that someone is trying to defraud your loved one, that you report the incident immediately with your local Police Department! In addition, you should also speak with a manager at your financial institutions and make them aware of the incident so that they can place a fraud watch on your accounts. They will also help by walking you through any other preventative measures you can take to protect yourself.
Furthermore, there are many organizations that are in existence to help seniors should they become a victim of fraud. Below, please see a list of organizations that can help: