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Scams Against the Elderly Currently Going on in Connecticut

By Peter DiMaria

Senior Care in Enfield CT

Originally Published in the Enfield Press

Here are some types of frauds that were reported recently in Connecticut. Talk about these with your family members. That will help everybody to stay aware and prepared when approached by scammers.

State Trooper Fraud

State police are alerting about a new phone scam that is exploiting the recent death of the Trooper Kevin Miller. People are calling state residents and asking for monetary contributions for a “fallen officer’s fund.” As usual, authorities are advising everyone to never give credit card or bank account information to anyone requesting donations, in particular over the phone.

Authorities became aware of the fraud when scammers called the number of another trouper, trying to convince him to donate money to the fund. When he identified himself, they hung up.

Scam exploits the death of State Trooper Kevin Miller

Jury Duty

Three people have reported that they received a call from a man falsely identifying himself as District Court officer in Bridgeport, according to the U.S. District Court in Connecticut. The man says that the person has failed to appear for jury selection, and there was a warrant for their arrest.

The caller then tells people that a bond has been set and the matter would be resolved if they gave him four Green Dot pre-paid $500 VISA cards. In one instance, a victim purchased a Green Dot card and, at the caller’s direction, provided the card’s number to the caller.

Authorities advise that Federal and state courts in Connecticut do not call prospective jurors and ask for money or personal identifying information over the telephone.

“Free” medical alert devices

In the past several months, the Department of Consumer Protection and the Attorney General Office have both received numerous consumer complaints about callers posing as representatives for medical device companies. After offering a medical alert system at no cost, scammers then ask for money and personal information in return for the supposedly “free” equipment. Older adults are the prime target of their calls.

Numerous phone numbers are used in these scams, with the use of illegal spoofing of numbers and robot-calling. The authorities advise consumers to be cautious and to inform older family members that these scams are going on.

If you receive a call from a company that claims to be one you do business with, and you are interested in the offer, independently verify the legitimacy of the caller and the proposal, using telephone numbers, websites or other sources you are sure are reliable. Do not give out your personal information in unsolicited phone calls.

Tax Scams

It is tax filing season and scammers are out to get your money. Be aware of Internal Revenue Service impersonators who make threatening telephone calls to taxpayers, says the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The IRS first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes and the IRS will never ask for payment using a prepaid debit card, a money order or a wire transfer. The IRS also will not ask for a credit card number or your bank information over the phone.

Computer access

Elderly Care Suffield CT and Senior Safety: Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer.

Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. It’s been reported that the scammers are calling specifically about the FTC’s Advanced Tech Support refund program. Their goal is to make you think you are moments away from getting money that’s owed to you – and, to get the money, all you need to do is allow them to connect to your computer. It’s a scam.

They may try to trick you into installing malware, sell you software that’s worthless, or direct you to websites and ask you to enter your credit card number and other personal information. They may also ask you to pay them by buying gift cards or prepaid debit cards at local stores or online.

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