CONSUMER FRAUD AGAINST THE ELDERLY
During a visit with your mother, you notice a stack of wire transfer receipts totaling more than $65,000. When you ask what they’re for, she says she’s investing in a new hi-tech company. After you investigate further, you think she’s being scammed by fraudulent telemarketers. What can you do?
Consumers lose more than $40 billion a year to telemarketing fraud. People over 50 years of age are especially vulnerable and account for about 56 percent of all victims, according to a recent study by the American Association of Retired Persons. Scam artists often target older people, knowing they tend to be trusting and polite toward strangers and are likely to be home and have time to talk with callers.
You can help empower your parents and others who may be targets of fraudulent telema
rketers by describing some tip-offs to rip-offs, letting them know their rights and suggesting ways they can protect themselves.
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