Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts. Low-income older adults are also at risk of financial abuse. Every U. In these types of scams, perpetrators may pose as a Medicare representative to get older people to give them their personal information, or they will provide bogus services for elderly people at makeshift mobile clinics, then use the personal information they provide to bill Medicare and pocket the money. Most commonly, counterfeit drug scams operate on the Internet, where seniors increasingly go to find better prices on specialized medications. This scam is growing in popularity—since , the FDA has investigated an average of 20 such cases per year, up from five a year in the s.
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If you get a call from an unknown number, a sketchy email, or are getting weird requests over social media, you should beware—especially if somebody asks for money or your social security number. Whether it is someone pretending to be your boss, a bank, or in some cases a family member, you should never buy into it. In the last month, two police reports were filed in Oxford because of telecommunications fraud. On Sept. A report from Sept. Officer Julia Huff met with the student who was scammed by the Instagram message, and happened to be with her when a man, presumably the scammer, contacted the victim again, this time by telephone. Once I called him out on scamming this female and identified myself as a police officer, he hung up.
By Tamar Lapin. September 23, pm Updated September 23, pm. A couple from Indiana is accused of ditching their adopted year-old daughter and moving to Canada — but they claim the girl is actually an adult with dwarfism running a psychotic scam, according to reports. At the time of the adoption, Kristine Barnett, 43, said she was told that Natalia, who has a form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal, was 8 years old. Then, in July , the couple set the girl up in an apartment in Tippecanoe County and moved to Canada with their two sons.