Top Scams Targeting Seniors
Top Scams Targeting Seniors

Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams

You receive a check and letter announcing you have won a large sum of money. The letter tells you to deposit the check and wire funds in the same amount to cover fees, insurance and taxes. Ultimately, the check is counterfeit and the money you send is lost.

  • Avoid wiring money to someone who awards you with something too good to be true, and never pay money to accept a prize.

Medical Alert Scam

You receive a call from someone claiming to be with Medicare or another government office. The caller will ask for personal information, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers. You might be given any number of reasons to provide this information, including that they are issuing new cards, an error needs to be fixed or that your information needs to be updated.

  • Medicare will never call and ask you for personal information. Use caution when asked to provide personal information over the phone.

Grandparent Scam

You receive a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild. The caller often claims to have gotten into a predicament in a different state, and asks you to wire money to them to post bail or pay for damages. The money ultimately goes to a scam artist, and you are out possibly thousands of dollars. BBB warns that the scam artist may use social media to lace the conversation with correct references to other family members, increasing credibility.

  • Verify that you are truly speaking with your grandchild by asking questions only they could answer, and contact your grandchild’s parents to find out their whereabouts before trusting the caller.

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