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Presented by Detective Scott Sluder Winston-Salem Police Department
Why Me? Fraudsters target senior citizens because….. Generally good credit Trusting people They hope faltering memory combined with confident and convincing conversation will lead to a payday
Common Methods Unexpected Offers Telephone – Grandparent, Phony Official Letters – Sweepstakes, Secret Shopper E-Mails – Bank, Credit Card, Lottery In Person – Pigeon Drop, Repairs, Utilities
Common Methods Theft of personal items Sensitive documents – work, home, car Purse / wallet – SS Card, ID Cards, checkbooks Mail- checks, credit offers Trash
Prevention Monitor account statements Report suspicious activity – bank, creditors, police Check credit report annually Protect your SS Number – Dont carry it !!!! Protect your PIN numbers Take bills to the Post Office – or pay online Consider a Durable Power of Attorney
SHRED, SHRED, SHRED Use a cross cut shredder to destroy… Tax forms Paper checks Bank statements and credit card statements Old credit cards, ID cards Anything with account numbers or social security numbers Anything with a signature on it
Resources NC Attorney General Office – www.ncdoj.govwww.ncdoj.gov (919) 716-6000 Federal Trade Commission - www.ftc.gov/idtheftwww.ftc.gov/idtheft (877) ID Theft (877) 438-4338
Guiding Principles KNOW to whom you are sending money & information – ask questions Banks, lenders, credit card companies WILL NOT notify you to CONFIRM your personal information!!!!
Guiding Principles If you initiate contact – OK If THEY initiate contact – NOT OK
Tried and True Rule If it sounds too good to be true………… IT IS!