Seniors Target of Scam

How children can keep scam artists away

When Dawn Weikel picked up the phone she didn't expect to be a millionaire. 

"I knew this was too good to be true," said the elderly woman.  Weikel said the caller told her, "You won $2.5 million dollars, a new car and $50,000 in cash, are you excited?"

Weikel was anything but excited because she knew the offer was a scam. 

"I said, 'No thank you, I'm not interested.'  At that point he uttered this profanity to me, so I just hung up," said Weikel.

Older adults are often targets of scam artist according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood.  He said the problem is growing.

"There's new crooks who are coming into this who are getting more desperate, who are looking for a way to make some quick money and they see these seniors as a sitting target," said Greenwood.

Greenwood said children need to look out for their elderly parents.  He said keep in touch and ask them about phone calls they may be getting or new "friends" that are part of their life.

Greenwood suggests children choose a caregiver with caution, keep an inventory of all their parent's jewelry and check their mail.  The Deputy District Attorney also said to check their parents credit report and warn them about popular scams.

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