Senior Scam Education

2014 Advocacy Committee Campaign

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S A SCAM?  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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Beware of strangers attempting to get personal information or money, including:

· Requests for money in advance disguised as deposits, taxes or handling fees.

· Any request for credit card, Social Security or bank account numbers.

· Beware of phone calls or mailings offering risk free investments, sweepstakes, charities, lotteries, credit card applications requiring money, get-rich chain letters, Medicare discount cards, “miracle” health products, “free” medical alert services and inheritance taxes due.

· Solicitations disguised as invoices requesting additional money due for various services or charities you supposedly pledged to donate to.

· Anyone who shows up at your door with “low-cost” or “no-risk” offers or items for sale that require immediate payment or deposit.



Never feel pressured to make an immediate decision. Guard your personal information.

·Be cautious with anyone who shows a new interest in your finances.

· Always destroy bills, receipts and private records that contain your name, address or account numbers on them before discarding.

· Direct deposit to your bank account all your monthly checks.

· Carefully read your statements and bills for unusual changes.

· Speak with someone you trust before giving out personal information or money.

· Never rush to send any cash or wire money even if someone says it is for a relative; investigate first.

· If you are told to act immediately or “miss an opportunity,’ it is most likely not legitimate.

· Only purchase items by phone or computer if you have initiated the transaction.



If you think you may be a victim of fraud or have suspicion of a scam:

· Do not blame yourself, you are not the first person this happened to.

· You may want to contact the police or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission  877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

· For credit card or insurance fraud call 888-567-8688.

· Check charities online at or

· Check sweepstakes at


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