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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Just Say Scram to Scams!


Just in the last week I have seen articles in magazines, our local newspaper, and heard from a friend at lunch about people being taken advantage of by scammers!  So, here I am again, on my soapbox!

There are several scams out there that target the elderly, but the one that really irks me is when they send an email or phone someone pretending to be a relative, like a grandchild, who is in some sort of trouble or in jail and needs money right away.  It amazes me, shocks me even, how many folks will just grab a pen and write a check for thousands!


Now, I get it that we care deeply about our family members and want to help if we can - but can we please get some verification that this is actually from said relative?  Ask questions that only that relative can answer, such as a middle name, a place you have vacationed together, a family joke...anything that a stranger wouldn't have a clue about!

That's all...I'm climbing down now...leaving you with this tidbit:

Warn your elders, watch out for them, don't let them be abused by scammers, and don't let yourself be caught off guard either! 

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6 comments:

  1. It's sad when people get taken advantage of and it happens so often.

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    1. Patricia, I agree! It seems no matter how many articles are printed with warnings, there are always some who don't see them.
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. I think it is so awful when scammers pray on the elderly. It just breaks my heart- xo Diana

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    1. Diana, yes, they are the most vulnerable. We need to be watchful for them!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. It makes me MAD! It is sad enough when it is younger folks but the elderly!!!! What is really sad is when the people scamming just so happen to be family or friends. We just had a case like this at my church. An elderly lady in our church helping out a younger woman out of love...the next thing she knows the police are knocking on her door to tell her that this lady has hacked into her accounts and stolen money from her! Broke my heart! Satan is alive and real but God said Justice is His! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy - How sad. I hope that lady can get some or all of her money back!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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