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The Snake River Region
Top Ten Red Flags For Seniors
 Unfortunate as it is, scam artists see seniors as easy targets. Elder fraud often goes unreported, but it's estimated that over $40 billion is stolen from America's senior citizens every year*, and, due to a lack of proper senior citizen fraud protection in place, this figure is increasing. Avoid common elder fraud tricks.

If you answer “yes” to any of the following, contact your BBB:
  1. Have you received a phone call asking for your personal information, bank account or credit card numbers, or Medicare ID number?
  2. Did you receive a check in the mail with a letter stating you’ve won a sweepstakes or prize?
  3. Has someone knocked on your door selling products or services (such as a roofer offering a discount or an individual selling magazines or home alarm installation)?
  4. Does the offer or product sound too good to be true?
  5. Have you been asked to wire money or return an overpayment?
  6. Have you found unexpected charges to your bank account or credit card?
  7. Did you receive an e-mail claiming to be from your financial institution asking you to update your account information?
  8. Did you receive a high-pressure, emotional call from a charity with a name that sounds similar to a recognized charity?
  9. Were you invited to an estate planning seminar?
  10. Did you get a call from someone in distress claiming to be your grandchild asking you to wire money to get out of a bind or call them back using an 876 area code?

*http://www.fraud.org/elderfraud/eldproj.htm