There are nearly endless scams targeting older adults. From theft to identity fraud, seniors need to stay vigilant and be aware of the latest schemes. Georgia’s Consumer Protection Division has put together a helpful resource for seniors who want to stay informed.
Top 10 Scams
Here are the top 10 scams to watch out for:
- Medicare or health insurance fraud – Scam artists might pose as Medicare representatives
- Counterfeit prescription drugs – Be wary of suspicious offers for medications, especially if they come with a free “gift”
- Funeral and cemetery scams – These scams usually involve pre-purchased funeral and cemetery services that are not delivered
- Fraudulent anti-aging products – Don’t fall for false advertising that promises to take years off your appearance
- Telemarketing fraud – Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls; never give out your credit card or bank account information
- Internet fraud – Be careful when clicking on unfamiliar links, and never provide your personal information to an unverified source
- Investment fraud – Research any investment offers carefully to avoid being scammed
- Reverse mortgages – Make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions of a reverse mortgage before signing
- Sweepstakes and lottery scams – Never pay to collect a prize or money
- Grandparent scams – Be wary of requests for money from anyone claiming to be a family member in an emergency situation
If you’ve been a victim of a scam, don’t be embarrassed—it’s important to report the incident and seek help. Scam artists can be sophisticated and deceptive, so it can be difficult to stay ahead of them.
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