Talk to your friends & relatives about email/phone scams:
-Take the time to explain why you should never give out your credit card number to buy a product that's sold via email. These scams often promise a great product — anti-aging, perhaps? — but they need your credit card information. This type of scam also happens via phone. Seniors get a call and they're offered a new product, etc... Once they have your loved one interested, they ask for a credit card number to seal the deal. DO NOT RESPOND TO CALLERS BY GIVING CREDIT CARD, DATE OF BIRTH OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER INFO OVER THE PHONE OR VIA EMAIL.
-Keep an eye on caregivers for your loved ones.
-Some scams have been reported involving persons pretending to be relatives (you may not have heard from in awhile or not recognize their voice) wanting you to wire money.
-The fraudsters may say you've won a lottery or a free vacation. Or there's a package for you awaiting delivery. They give you a phone number and tell you to call for details.The come-ons to call may arrive by letter, email or voice mail. If you dial, expect to be hit with a pitch to wire an upfront fee or disclose personal information. Whatever you do, don't click on any of the links in the email.