Everyone is a potential victim for a scammer, but sadly the aging population is a favorite target. In fact, the Federal Communications Commission has a whole webpage devoted to “Watch Out for Grandparent Scams.” The more you know about scams, the less likely you are to become a victim. Be aware of what some of the current scams are, question suspicious activities, and know how to report a possible scam.
These resources will help you increase your awareness about scam operations.
The Federal Trade Commission Scam Alerts provides information on:
- Avoiding a scam
- What to do if you were scammed
- Reporting scams
The FTC site also lists common scams. The site shares how to recognize a scam with specific details on common scenarios: social security scams, phone scams, phishing scams, and unemployment scams.
For useful and up-to-date information about scams, visit the AARP Scams & Fraud website page. You can even sign up for regular watchdog alerts. The scam-tracking map provides a powerful visual as to what scamming activities are going on all around the United States. This is a great resource to consult for where you may be traveling as well as for where you live.
To protect citizens against digital theft, the New York Attorney General Consumer Education web page provides some helpful information about Privacy and Identity Theft as well as Common Online Scams. In addition, the Consumer Frauds Resource Center provides specific information about additional types of fraud to be on the lookout for.
It’s also important to stay in touch with your local resources. Keep up to date with your local news. Consult with your neighborhood watch and Home Owners Association. Your city or police department may provide updates on local scam activity on their website or social media channels.
Scammers thrive when people are unaware of their scam scenarios, too embarrassed to ask questions if something seems suspicious, and too humiliated to admit they’ve been scammed and report it to authorities. Stay one step ahead of scammers and help law enforcement do the same.
Consult a Corning elder law attorney.
If you’ve been scammed or are concerned about a loved one being scammed, it may be time to consult with an elder law attorney about setting up some protections through estate planning strategies. Roth Elder Law, PLLC can help. Call us today to schedule an initial meeting at 607-962-6162 or complete this intake form and we’ll be in touch.