We have recently noticed a sharp increase in scams targeting seniors in our area. Swindlers posing as utility workers, deliverymen, sweepstakes administrators, and IRS employees have attempted to rob unsuspecting seniors of their bank accounts and nest eggs. These criminals have bilked innocent people in our own community out of many thousands of dollars.
This happens, in part, because honest, good citizens are trusting and don’t expect to be taken advantage of. Most of us are shocked when this happens to us because we would never treat others this way.
The following are some examples of scams that have recently taken place:
These are some of the most common types of scams that are perpetrated against unsuspecting seniors, but there are many more out there.
If this happens to you, it does not mean that you are stupid or uninformed. These deceptive people are very good at their job. In fact, our embarrassment and reluctance to share our experiences is the key to their continued success.
Whom to contact:
We are hosting a meeting to discuss prevention of these situations. A seminar will be given by a professional from our area. Please join us to learn more so we can prevent criminals from perpetrating these crimes.
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, 558 Progress Avenue, Munster
Presenter: Mr. Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety at Purdue Northwest
RSVP to the Federation office at (219) 301-0960 by Monday, January 6.