Pamplin Media Group – Seniors and Scammers
This INSIDER article is brought to you by Lolly Elliot at Beaverton Lodge-Retirement Residence INSIDER-senior life
Seniors, I’m talking to you. We trust this fast-paced world too much and are bewildered by technology. It seems that the younger generations evolve rapidly and navigate the perils of the world well. The crooks are out there and there is no shame in falling for their schemes (which are good), but here are some tips to protect yourself.
• If someone calls you saying they are part of a business / bank / organization and you have suspicions, tell them you will call back. Don’t call the number they gave you or the number on your caller ID, find the business number yourself and call. This way you will know that the person really represents where they are calling from.
• The IRS and Social Security offices will NEVER call you. All correspondence will be by post. If you are not sure, hang up and call the official number.
• Don’t open emails from people you don’t know. Plus, phishing scams are rife! These scams look like real emails from companies, like Amazon, but are not. Again, call the official number to confirm all correspondence.
• “Hi Grandma, it’s me and I need help!” This scam touches our hearts. The crooks make it hard to hear them and are good at extracting information from us. Ask them “what is your middle name” or “what is your mother’s middle name?” If they don’t know, it’s a scam.
Protect yourself and your wallet. At Beaverton Lodge, we take safety seriously and have a community of residents who can share their own experiences. We are always on our guard to protect our residents. Come visit today.
12900 SW Ninth Street
Beaverton, Oregon, 97005