Elkhorn, NE: BBB Present on Seniors and Scams

Retirees and Seniors with their financial assets, life style changes and isolation have become key targets for the Scammers. Two of Omaha’s Better Business Bureau provided helpful hints to Phone and Computer Scams. It was noted that our security depends on us and not someone else. The bad guys out there are good at what they do. Their goal is to hijack your personal information and your money.
We were told to defeat Scams, certain knowledge about them is very important. Remember, nothing is Free and the giveaways such as greatly reduced Contest, Cruises and Lotteries are typical scams. There are many other scams such as Grandparents, Bereavement, Medicare, Social Security, IRS and Facebook. Many people do not know how to recognize or handle these scams much less older persons. As we get older and vulnerable, Seniors tend to develop a lost in Attention Span, Memory and Decision Making. These all cascades into the struggle to make a proper decision to avoid a scam.
Retirees/Seniors have to remember to follow certain Rules to fend off the many scam attempts trying to get your money. We are not stupid but naive and trusting in many cases. The Rules are: Never Send Money, Avoid the Friendly Sales Pitch and Talk to someone about your intentions in the “Deal” offered, before you send any money. Remember some people might think The Deal can’t be passed up.
To check the Scams in your area, go to BBB Scam Tracker it’s worth a look.

Integrity:  Our relationships, services and decisions will speak for our desire to always act with honesty, fairness, and compassion. People learn from interacting with us that they can trust us to be who we say we are and do what we say we’ll do. We strive to act in a way that will make God smile at our efforts.

Submitted By:

Ken Kuny,  Resident Council President
Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn NE