SENIOR CITIZEN ALL POINTS BULLETIN
January 10, 2014
It’s been a cold few weeks around here. Let’s hope that when this article comes out in February things have improved. Remember if you are a senior and need a little sand and salt David Tully of the highway garage will bring some by. You just need to supply the bucket. Contact Ruth Tully or myself.
Lately there have been a growing number of scams out there. I’ve talked about the grandparent scam in the past. Recently there has been some victims of this scam in the area. This scam involves you receiving a phone call from a young adult claiming to be your grandson. They will take information about your real grandchild from face book or other social media sites. You will believe that he or she is your grandchild, because of the information they find on the internet. They might even know the name of your favorite pet if there is a photo of it on line. They will then tell you that they got into trouble outside of the country. They will then ask you not to tell their parents for fear of embarrassment. Next they will ask you to wire money to them so they can get out of
jail or pay for a ride home. DO NOT send money, this is a scam. Call your son or daughter and ask if your grandchild is ok. Remember the scam artists will spend a lot of time researching your grandchild, parents, siblings and grandparents. Once they have memorized everything they can about your family they then make the call.
Some other scams that involve the internet are used to steal your identity or trick you into sending site money to unlock your computer.
There are several viruses that you can get on your computer that will lock your computer and tell you that your have violated the law. The display will look official. It will tell you to avoid prosecution you need to follow certain steps to unlock your computer. DO NOT give out your credit card information or any other information. You will need to bring your computer to a professional to have the virus taken off of your computer. Then again your grandchild is probably computer savvy enough to help you out.
Below are a few tips that I took of the FBI’s website.
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
- Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
- Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the e-mail instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
- If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
If you want to read more about scams you can visit the FBI’s webpage at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams/e-scams Just remember if it looks too good to be true it probably is a scam. Also, if they are trying to get you to wire them money it’s a scam. Once that money is wired to the requested location, it is virtually impossible to get it back.
If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or anyone from the department. We also have informational materials available in our lobby if that is easier for you. Take a moment to talk to your grandchildren about the dangers of face book. You may be surprised to find out that your pictures are all over their internet pages!!!