Scams targeting seniors are on the rise and the AARP is taking action. The AARP Fraud Network recently used a “reverse boiler room” campaign to advise Connecticut AARP members on how to identify a scam. The AARP explains that when con artists use telemarketing tactics to try to scam people over the phone it is referred to as a boiler room scam. So a reverse boiler room is the opposite. The AARP is using telemarketing to help its members.
The AARP reports that the most common telephone scams are imposters posing as IRS officials, tech support professionals, police officers, federal agents, or other authority figures to scare a person into sending them money.
In the IRS scams targeting seniors, you receive a phone call from an IRS official ordering you to pay back taxes or face arrest. In the tech support scam, you’re told your computer has a virus and they need remote access to your computer to fix it.
Additionally, the AARP Fraud Network wants you to know that the IRS will never:
- call to demand immediate payment about taxes owed without first sending you a notification by mail
- ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
- threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for nonpayment
“I encourage Connecticut’s seniors to take advantage of the tips and advice that have been provided during AARP’s Reverse Boiler Room to become better and more informed consumers,” said Attorney General George Jepsen. “Consumers that are on guard and equipped with the facts can protect themselves from common scams. Knowing their rights as consumers can make all the difference when making purchases or engaging in financial transactions.”
For more information on scams targeting seniors and the AARP Fraud Watch Network, visit their website here.
Assisted Living Services wants Connecticut seniors and caregivers to be informed about scams and how to protect yourself. Please contact our office if you have any caregiving questions or concerns.