Con artists prey on older people who worry about insurance, investments, and maintaining their homes. Regardless of how nice and polite someone may seem, be suspicious of any proposal that sounds too good to be true, has to be kept secret, or requires immediate cash.
Be suspicious of anyone who offers you a chance for quick and easy wealth.
Be wary of exaggerated claims for health and medical products, such as cures for cancer or arthritis, hair restorers, quick weight loss. Before buying any cure-alls, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or clinic.
Don’t give any details about your credit cards to phone solicitors even if they offer you gifts, a free vacation, or a sweepstakes prize.
Check out any “work-at-home” schemes with your local or state consumer protection agency.
Don’t give credit cards, checkbooks, or savings account passbooks to your housekeeper or caretaker. Don’t make an employee a joint owner of your bank account or your property.
Never make cash transactions in secret. Discuss any large transaction with your banker.
If it does happen, report it. It’s embarrassing to be the victim of a con game, but the only way to
expose the con artist and prevent others from being hurt in the same way is to tell law enforcement.