Under the right conditions, anyone could fall for a scam, but scammers are especially successful at targeting people with certain risk factors, like social isolation, loneliness, limited sight or mobility, and cognitive aging. Scammers are also attracted by the pensions and life savings of retirees. There are many ways to help Seniors protect the nest eggs they’ve worked so hard to secure, and protecting our elders and our veterans is the highest priority of the Postal Inspection Service Fraud Program.
Protect Yourself from Elder Fraud
Consult with a friend
Ask someone you trust for advice before making any large purchase or financial decision.
Review financial statements
Go over credit card and bank statements to ensure that only authorized purchases are listed.
Register for Do Not Call
Register for the Do Not Call list and only pick up the phone if you personally know the caller.
Never pay for a prize
Remember that no legitimate lottery will ask for money to claim your prize.
Avoid free seminars
Avoid free lunch or free dinner seminars where investment schemes and other phony offers are frequently promoted.
Don't return unknown calls
Be aware that people who have been scammed are at higher risk of being targeted again. Even just returning a scammer’s phone call can put you at risk, as scammers often sell the personal contact information of respondents to other scammers.
Have You Witnessed This Scam?
If you’ve encountered a phony coronavirus scam, and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.Report Now