Scammers target senior citizens
by Denise Strub
Jan 06, 2013 | 2610 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elderly people are a favorite target for con artists and recently these criminals have attempted to hit senior citizens in Cleveland.

Police Chief Buster Bingham said everyone should be on guard against these scams.

"It's an 876 exchange which is Jamaica," said Bingham, who explained the calls are being routed through several different places making it impossible to prosecute anyone.

He said some of these callers are border lining on harassment. "These people are getting every ugly. They are cursing out those they are calling and threatening them physically."

Bingham said the scam involves the promise of money for a fee or tax sent to the individual doing the calling.

Bingham said those with caller id should not answer calls starting with 876 and for those without the id to hang up when it becomes clear it is a scam or the caller becomes abusive.

He added this is the time of year when scams become more prevalent and unfortunately the elderly are favorite targets.

The Mississippi Attorney General's office offers these tips to avoid scams of this type:

• Throw away any offer that asks you to pay for a prize or a gift. If it's free or a gift, you shouldn't have to pay for it. Free is free.

• Resist the urge to enter foreign lotteries. It's illegal to play a foreign lottery through the mail or the telephone, and most foreign lottery solicitations are phony.

• Know whom you're dealing with, and never wire money to strangers.