Share

Gainesville Florida Estate Planning & Elder Law Blog

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

New Phone Scams Target Seniors

A recent consumer protection warning from AARP is intended to alert anyone about some new, creative scamming techniques. As always, while these scams can impact anyone, it is our senior population that is often most susceptible.

One new technique has the scammers calling customer service centers for financial institutions, insurance companies and similar businesses in an effort to access client accounts. The crimes have more than doubled in the past year.

Another new scam involves sending bogus text messages to try to defraud people. Smishing (a combination of the SMS technology used in text messaging and phishing) involves a scammer sending a message claiming there’s a problem with your financial account. They ask for data to resolve the issue. Never give out that information to someone you don’t know and trust.

Three new phone scams use technology to trick you to answer a call from someone you don’t know. One uses your area code and prefix to try to convince you to answer the call, making you think it is a legitimate local call. If you answer, and the call seems questionable, hang up without saying anything.

There’s even new technology allowing scammers to use your number as the one the call is coming from. Don’t answer those.

Finally, scammers use auto-dialers that hang up after one ring. They assume if you get enough of those, you will be curious and call back. The best advice here is simply don’t call back.

Scammers continually become more creative. To protect yourself and your finances, it is important to stay vigilant.



Archived Posts

2019
2018
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2014
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January
2013



The Law Office of Sam W. Boone, Jr. assists in Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding counties.

*The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.*

* I have read and accept the disclaimer **


The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. Additionally, the comments, statements and articles contained herein are general in nature and should not be relied upon as a basis for any legal opinion, action or conclusion on the part of the reader with respect to any particular set of facts or circumstances.

© Sam W. Boone, Jr., P.A. | Disclaimer | Law Firm Website Design by Zola Creative



© 2019 Sam W. Boone, Jr., P.A. | Disclaimer
4545 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32605
| Phone: 352-374-8308

Estate Planning | Advanced Estate Planning | Elder Law | Special Needs Planning | Probate / Estate Administration | Asset Protection | Guardianships | Pet Trusts | Planificación de Bienes | Planificación Avanzada de Propiedad | Reviews | About Us | Resources

Attorney Web Design by
Amicus Creative