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Mark Geary Helps Keep You Safe From Scams During The Holiday Season

7:19 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - It's the call you hope your parents and grandparents don't get at their house: phone scam callers, hoping to trick them. However, it happens all the time.

When you're all together for your Thanksgiving meal, it's the perfect time for you to talk about what to watch for to avoid schemes.

The Better Business Bureau and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council told WFMY News 2 seniors can often be afraid to tell loved ones if they fall for a scam.

"I think the thought is - If I tell my family, then they're going to put me in a home. They're going to think I cannot live on my own and they're not going to trust me," Piedmont Triad Regional Council Aging Program Planner Bob Cleveland said.

Michael Henson, a spokesman for the Better Business Bureau, added, "Explain that we're not questioning your ability. We're just wanting to make sure you don't get taken advantage of. A lot of times what happens with seniors is they're more trusting. They want to trust that what they're being told is genuine."

Every scam is different, but they usually have one thing in common: urgency.

"They'll say things like, 'We need it right now. Something has to happen right now. No time for you to go and check anything, confirm it or anything like that.' They want you to make the decision right then and there and then send them the money," Henson said.

Tell you loved ones if they ever get a call asking for money or personal information, ask to call them back. Then, look up the number independently. Don't trust the number they give you.

Download: Protect Yourself From Scams And Fraud

Download: Talking Points About Avoiding Scams And Fraud

RESOURCES:
BBB Scams Targeting Seniors
NCDOJ Scams and Fraud Report
Videos Featuring Seniors Talking About Being Victims of Fraud, Scams
NC Senior Fraud Task Force


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