Scams Targeting Senior Citizens, The BBB Steps in

Senior Citizen BBB Fraud Summit

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) –  Scam artists are trying harder than ever to trick people into giving them money, and unfortunately they are targeting senior citizens.

The Better Business Bureau is hoping to put a stop to that. They held a fraud summit Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Athens.

The summit aimed to help people understand what signs they should look for when they read scams in the mail and when telemarketers call their phones. Organizers say it’s important for people of all ages to know scams can happen to anyone.

Michele Mason with the BBB says, “seniors certainly are a target and because there’s so many things happening on the phone, someone who is more likely to be at home during the day is more likely to answer the phone and get pulled into a scam.”

She says a key message to take away from the summit was simply don’t answer certain calls. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

The BBB stresses that most scams today have red flags and you’ll know right away it’s not real.

If you think you are a target of a scam, contact the WHNT News 19 Better Business Bureau consumer action line at (256) 850-0719.

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