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  1. Oh my goodness I feel so sorry for people who are not alert to this. I have been around technology for years and I still almost got roped in when I got a call from the Tax Office regarding my Tax File number being associated with fraud – just for a second I was fooled then I realised once they told me I was going to be arrested that the Tax Office doesn’t do business that way – I wonder what hope people have when they cannot differentiate scam from non-scam. Thanks for this great post there were a few I hadn’t heard of in there – Chrissie

    • Oh, the arrest-threat. The favorite part which the scammers like to put in work. It sounds quite intimidating when you hear it, quite shocking for anyone in a moment, let alone for an elderly person. They count on the feeling of sudden fear to confuse the person enough to not be able to think clearly. If someone could think twice at that moment, would realise, as you did, that no one is going to arrest you just like that, and would certainly not phone you to tell you about it.
      Thank you for sharing your experience!

  2. That’s a very informative post, even for myself. So I can imagine for elder people. I’m sure they are not aware of half of those kind of scam. Neither was I. The puppy one is shocking and it is easier to get in once you are involved in all that situation. The charity is classic but still so many people get into that. Unbelievable.

    We really should spread the word. That’s the only way we can help to avoid those situations. Not only to elderly people but to everybody.

    • Most of them are not, indeed. People are not always happy to admit they were scammed, so some stories stay unrevealed. That’s what also helps fraudsters target more and more people, so I completely agree to spread a word. I made the first move, hopefully it will reach many possibly affected.
      Thank you for your comment.

  3. I hate these scammers. I am lucky enough not to have encountered any in person. But I keep saying every time I hear of these sacams “Why do people not put all that creativity in something uplifting and positive”. They would probably have the same end result and make people happy instead of miserable.
    Within a week after the lockdown fase 0 over here there were “Red Cross people” going door to door of elderly people saying they were obliged to take a test for the virus and that unfortunately they had to pay for it. Grrr.
    Well, something positive now: thank you so much for this warning. You have done a great job 🙂

    • Oh, yes! The world would be instantly a better place if fraudsters would be good-hearted and aimed good. Probably, however, it is easier for them to con someone, then trying to act fair and square.
      It is a shame that even now, when we are all more or less in the same boat, with the pandemic, the scammers again found a way to “rip off” people. But, that’s the nature of the “business” Find a way to easily fool many. With so many uncertainty around this virus, anything might sound believable 🙁
      Thank you for bringing another one to our attention and for your kind comment.

  4. I believe that most older people are more susceptible to scams that involve technology because they do not understand how people manipulate devices for their benefits.
    I have gotten multiple calls about “you won $100,000, but you need to pay a small fee” before.
    Great post! Seniors need to know this.

    • Absolutely! It is hard for them sometimes to understand technology devices and are happy when they learn how to use them. They would probably never think of the possibility to be scammed through these.
      Thank you for your comment!

  5. Darcy

    An excellent post topic. Good on you for protecting our seniors.

    I am not a senior myself, but I have encountered the email hijack scam a few times. And I encounter the “urgent call” scams on a regular basis. They seem to have gotten worse since COVID-19 started. Those scams used to scare me at first, but now I just ignore them.

    I’m glad there are people like you in the world who are standing guard.

    • The best thing you can do is exactly to ignore them, especially now as they really increased lately.
      My aim was to draw attention to these, so either the elderly can be informed themselves, or their children or friends might warn them.
      Thank you for your comment.

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