Every day, we hear from people who have been on the receiving end of phone scams. A large number of these victims are senior citizens in our community who are being preyed upon by malicious criminals. In some cases, victims suffer devastating financial losses when they fall into the traps set by these crooks. We often put out information on our social media channels about these scams and how people can protect themselves. However, we may be missing a population of people who could benefit from information about how to avoid falling victim to these fraudulent calls. We’d like to expand the reach of this important message and we’re hoping you may be able to help us.
We’ve created a very simple flyer, intended to be a reminder that these scams are out there all the time, and people need to be savvy and confident in order to protect themselves. You can access a printable, two sided image of the flyer by clicking here. The front page provides some reminders about what to do when you receive one of these suspicious calls. The back side lists a few of the most common types of scams that are reported to us. The flyer should be posted someplace visible–maybe on the fridge, or right by the phone–as a reminder to stop and think if you receive one of these calls. Often, high-pressure tactics are used to scare the victim into acting, before they have a chance to think or consult with someone they trust.
If you know someone who you think could benefit from this information, we encourage you to print out the flyer for them. If you work in a field where you have direct contact with people who might be vulnerable or targeted in these kinds of scams, consider distributing this information to your clients or customers. We also have flyers printed and available in our lobby if you’d like to stop by and take one…or several!
Not everyone is on Facebook. We want to make sure that all of our community has access to the information they need in order to best protect themselves. These scammers continue to come up with new ways to swindle people. We hope you’ll help us spread the word and prevent one more person from becoming a victim.