Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-03-03 05:00:00 –
Kim Boyun / New York Times
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 2:00 am
Elderly people need to be vigilant, as fraudsters are trying to separate targets from money and sensitive information from every angle, according to a committee of experts.
Representatives from the FBI, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, and AARP advised elders on the telephone city hall to pay particular attention to fraudsters acting in the guise of civil servants.
“These scammers, as you know, spend a very long time convincing you that they are coming from the federal or local governments, with the sole purpose of stealing your money and identity. “AARP Nevada mayor Maria Moore said. “They pretend to be from the Social Security Administration, the IRS, etc.”
Daniel Seeds, assistant federal prosecutor in the Nevada district, and Las Vegas-based FBI agents Ray Johnson and Neil Amphres gave seniors the following tips:
• Institutions such as the Internal Revenue Service do not contact you by text message or email. They send a letter by email.
• Do not click on links sent by email or text without first confirming. Try visiting the agency’s main website (such as www.irs.gov) to see information from the agency.
• Do not provide or verify your Social Security number or other identifying information such as Medicare number, account number, login information, date of birth, etc. over the phone or strange website. Callers who already have this information can ask people to verify the information so that they can illegally charge Medicare or Medicaid for services that are not offered, according to Amfles.
• Shred banknotes and other sensitive documents.
According to Johnson, many victims do not know that they have been injured, do not know who to call, or do not want their families to think that they are no longer able to take care of themselves or themselves. And I haven’t reported being fooled by finances.
Schiess said people shouldn’t be afraid to just hang up if the scammer is suspected.
“It’s not rude when you’re dealing with these scammers,” he said. “It’s protective.”
“One of the reasons you are targeted in the elderly community is that you are polite and kind,” Johnson added. “Scammers take advantage of this.”
A caller named Mary in Carson City said a caller claiming to be from Medicare attempted to obtain her personal information to send a new plastic Medicare card.
“They said that plastic is easy to disinfect from COVID, so it’s a precaution that the government is taking for my safety,” she said. “But they wanted me to confirm my Medicare member or my Social Security number, but I didn’t.”
Amphres said Mary did the right thing, and the pitch was “news to me. I hadn’t heard the phone, so I thought it was clearly a scam.” He said Medicare was new. He said that if he wanted to send the card, it would just send it directly through the mail.
According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, Nevada was ranked number one in fraud reports last year, resulting in a loss of $ 36.5 million. Of those reports, fraudster fraud was the third most common type.
AARP maintains a fraud monitoring helpline at 877-908-3360. Coronavirus-related scams can be reported to the Ministry of Justice’s National Disaster Medical Center Hotline 866-720-5721. Local police also investigate fraud and often partner with federal agencies.