March 22, 2007
Reported by The Better Business Bureau
Senior citizens in our area continue to be targets of scams over the phone, through the mail and by door to door solicitors. The Better Business Bureau has received calls and complaints from local senior citizens on scams that range from calls impersonating Medicare, overseas sweepstakes scams, request to update personal financial information and door to door itinerants. "Most complainants indicate that callers are foreign and request personal financial information, such as bank account information or social security numbers," states Carmen Million, BBB President.
The Bureau continues to warn consumers to keep personal information private. Million states consumers should never, ever give this information to an unknown person or caller. The Bureau states that seniors can educate themselves to avoid being taken and offers the following tips: