Fraud AlertAccording to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, seniors are targeted by scam artists for several reasons. These include cultural traits of politeness and trust, the financial ability to purchase something and lack of detailed memory recollection when reporting fraud.
We have compiled a list of several reliable online resources to help you keep up to date on current and past scams. These are:
- Sign up for the National "do not call" registry. It's easy an free. Call 1-888-382- 1222. If you are online - complete the online form at http://www.donotcall.gov
- Never allow yourself to be pressured into making an immediate decision
- If YOU didn't INITIATE the call, don't give out and information to a caller
- Never send "money" to claim a "free" gift. Free is free and no money required.
- Always get information in writing, including from charities and non-profit organizations looking for donations.
- If you suspect your identity has been stolen, contact the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov and click on identity theft.