Seniors are often targeted by con artists. Scams are most often conducted through the phone, mail, or internet.
The FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Justice Department, and many local law enforcement groups have all made statements about seniors being targeted for scams. Women over 60 who live alone are particularly susceptible.
In recent years, con artists have taken advantage of a number of older Americans by scamming seniors. Realizing that many seniors have money but little knowledge of technology or current scams, criminals see opportunity. You can help protect seniors by sharing information with them about common senior-targeting scams.
Senior Phone, Mail, and Door-to-Door Scams
Many scams targeting seniors are carried out over the phone. These are the most common to watch out for: