It never hurts to be warned again about phone scams that target the elderly.
This story, by Ian Bradley, is from The Acorn, a local paper from the Westlake area of California.
But senior citizens are at a higher risk of falling for scams because they are too trusting and less tech-savvy, experts say.
This story tells about a senior woman who receives a call from a man claiming to be a lawyer that represents her husband.
â€œIt was something like, he was in Connecticut for a friendâ€™s wedding and they went out for a few drinks,â€ Cohen said. â€œHe didnâ€™t realize he was so drunk, and he got in the car, got in an accident. He had a broken nose. He was in jail and could she please bail him out and donâ€™t tell anybody, especially me?â€
Of course, the scammer asked for money. Fortunately, some honest people interceded and prevented the scammer from getting her money.
The FBI says seniors living alone, especially women, are frequent targets of phone scammers. People who grew up in the 1930s through the 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting, something con artists use to their advantage. Additionally, elderly victims are less likely to report the crime, either because they donâ€™t know who to report to or because they fear their victimization could be seen as evidence they canâ€™t take care of themselves.
Forewarned is forearmed. So please be suspicious of these type of phone calls. You can read the entire story here.