AARP’s seven senior scams
Source: http://www.aarp.org/states/dc/dc-news/ a2004-09-02-dc-sevendeadly.html
– Internet auctions: purchasing something over the Internet and never receiving it
– phishing: receiving phone calls from con artists trying to gain personal information and “fishing” for answers
– foreign money offers: receiving an offer from a “foreign government official” to split a sum of money if you allow him or her to deposit into your bank account
– sweepstakes: telling consumers they have won something, they just need to pay a small fee for processing
– charity fraud: targeting generous seniors who want to give to charities, but no such charity exists
– foreign lotteries: informing people they may have won a lottery from another country and asking for bank or credit card information to redeem it
– work at home: recruiting people to work at home and receive compensation, but asking for money up front
Resources on fraud education and prevention:
Colorado Consumer Line through AARP ElderWatch: 1 (800) 222-4444
Colorado No Call List Web site: http://www.coloradonocall.com
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