SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Avoiding tele-scammers | Lifestyles

 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Avoiding tele-scammers | Lifestyles

Fraud deceives a person by unfairly misrepresenting the truth. Just as there is no typical profile for swindlers, neither is there one for their victims. Virtually anyone can fall prey to criminal fraudulence.

According to the National Consumers League, seniors often fall prey to schemes such as fraudulent telemarketing. Telemarketers often target the elderly as potential victims because they are most likely to: have money, savings and/or investments; be home to receive phone solicitation; and remain on the phone longer to hear the sales pitch.

Although they are the most likely to be targeted, seniors are not the only ones that telemarketers prey on. Young, well-educated people may also be targeted because of: lack of experience that could help them recognize fraudulent pitches; desire and social pressure…

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