How to Reduce Risk
If you are over 65, you probably grew up in an era when business was done with a firm handshake; unfortunately, crooks today are playing on that trust.
The Federal Trade Commission says that fraud complaints to its offices by individuals 60 and older rose at least 47 percent between 2012 and 2014. Seniors are the predominant victims of impostor schemes, where criminals pose as authority figures and claim that money is owed. They also are hit hard by scams involving prizes, sweepstakes and gifts.
This guide identifies eight of the most common scams that target seniors, along with the common warning signs of each scam and information on how you can avoid becoming a victim.
The Attorney General in Nebraska also assists with Consumer Fraud investigations impacting state residents. For more information, visit https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/protecting-nebraskas-seniors.
If you have reason to believe a vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected or exploited: Call Nebraska Adult Protective Service’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-652-1999. You can also visit the APS website for more information.
To download the SYNERGY HomeCare Senior Scam Alert guide, click here.
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