Knowledge is Power for Your Safety!
We all have had calls from scammers attempting to steal our personal information, money and even our livelihood. Aging Resources continuously tries to get the word out about scams and the fraudulent tactics that are used. Recently, Social Security Commissioner, Andrew Saul, and the Office of the Inspector General launched a campaign to fight scammers. Aging Resources is joining them in this fight. We believe knowledge is power and want to make sure you have the information you need to increase your power!
If you receive a suspicious call stating that you have a problem with your social security number or bank account, Hang Up! Never give an unknown caller your time, personal information, or money!
The most common tactics that scammers use are fear, excitement, and urgency. Scammers often say they are government employees which frightens people. They use this scare tactic to convince you to share personal information or send money. Scammers will request money in cash, wire transfers or gift cards. Scammers have even emailed fake documents in an attempt to get individuals to comply.
STOP and take the time to discuss the situation with a trusted individual or call Aging Resources’ Elder Abuse and Prevention Specialist at 515-633-9508 before sending any money. Resist the pressure to act quickly and never pay for a prize they say you have won.
If you receive a call and the caller tells you they need the money right now, makes you feel afraid or excited or pulls at your heart strings, it is a scam, a low-down dirty, SCAM!!!
Take your power back and hang up the phone!