Urgent: Watch Out for These 3 Serious Senior Scams

Urgent: Watch Out for These 3 Serious Senior Scams

The world can be a scary place, full of liars and cheats.

But it can also be a world of kindness and love.

You just have to be careful where you step. And if you know how to tell the difference between the bad eggs and the good, you’ll be sidestepping the scams in no time.

Unfortunately, the number of scams targeted towards seniors in recent years has been rising significantly. Because the older we get, the more “easy” we look to trick.

But seniors unite, because you ain’t going down without a fight.

Get out your pens and pencils for some good note taking, because we’re about to go through 3 of the most common senior scams and how to avoid them.

1. Imposter Phone Calls

Always make sure you know who you’re speaking with on the phone and that the person really is who they say they are. Especially if they’re asking for money.

Because if everything doesn’t check out, it might be a money scam.

It’s easy for someone to call up and pretend to be a close family member in need of a little extra cash. Something like “Hey grandpa, can’t talk now but it’s an emergency. I really need 1,000 bucks.” And the next thing you know, you’re sending over one grand to a random person scamming you.

It’s sad and unethical, but this trick is used often.

Pro Tip: Always be sure you know exactly who you’re talking to, and if a family member asks for money, better you give it to them in person.

2. Fraudulent Medications

Everyone wants a good bargain. And scammers know this. So, they intentionally sell medication for the lowest price you can find, making you think you’re getting the deal of a lifetime. But in actuality, you are getting fake prescription drugs.

Pro Tip: When you’re buying medications online, double check that the website is secure and the payment methods are safe. You can do this by looking for specific icons on the website that guarantee safety like “Norton Secured.”

3. Faulty Anti-Aging Solutions

The older we get, the younger we want to look. And con men cash in on that with phony antiaging creams, masks, pills, and more.

Now, that’s not to say all of these solutions are fake. There definitely are some that can help. But it’s not like drinking from a fountain of youth – you won’t actively age younger. So, if that’s what a company is telling you their product will do, air on the side of caution and don’t expect too much.

Pro Tip: Always look up customer reviews before you buy anything, both of the product and the company itself. And read both the good and bad reviews. This way you can get a full picture of what you’re dealing with before you spend the money on it.

Bottom Line…

If you take away anything from this article, it’s to be aware of what, where, and from whom you’re buying. Don’t to be afraid. Not everything is a scam. But you need to be watchful so that if a scam does present itself to you, you’ll ready to avoid it.


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