The Case That Prompted this Blog
November 10, 2012
Seniors Often Targeted for Cash in Telemarketing Scams (ON. CANADA)
November 9, 2012
As Crime Prevention Week continues, the Greater Sudbury Police Service has tips on how to prevent fraud against seniors, an oft-targeted group.
Seniors are often targeted for fraud, whether it's for unbelievable investment returns or sweepstake prizes. Fraud on seniors can happen by phone, mail, in person or online. Phone fraud -- what to look out for:
* You have been identified as the grand prize winner, but if the prize is not accepted immediately (and the handling charge paid) the runner-up will get the prize instead.
* The telemarketer screams and hollers about how excited he is that you've won.
* The telemarketer passes the phone to his "boss," so you will know the offer is "legitimate."
* The telemarketer explains that he won't receive a commission unless you accept the prize and pay the handling fee. If you don't have enough money to pay the fee, you are asked how much you can afford. That amount is then accepted because the telemarketer is so happy that you've won the prize.
What to do:
* Never give out personal information to anyone over the phone.
Comeback: "I don't give out personal information over the phone. I'll contact the company directly."
* Do not send money to cover the "handling charge" or to pay taxes.
Comeback: "I shouldn't have to pay for something that's free."
* "Limited time offers" shouldn't require you to make a decision on the spot.
* Comeback: "I'll think about it and call you back. What's your number?"
* Be suspicious of anyone who tells you not to discuss the offer with someone else.
Comeback: "I'll discuss it with my family and friends and get back to you."
* If you don't understand all the verbal details, ask for it in writing.
Comeback: "I can't make a decision until I receive written information."
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