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WSJ: Authorities Scramble to Fight Phone Scams on Elderly

WSJ: Authorities Scramble to Fight Phone Scams on Elderly
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By    |   Friday, 27 May 2016 03:27 PM

Phone crime targeting the elderly has triggered an onslaught of complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and a push in Congress to combat the problem.

“Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission about unwanted calls—including robocalls, or telemarketing sales calls with recorded messages, and spoofed caller identification, such as falsely showing that a legitimate entity is calling—hit a record 1.7 million in the first four months of 2016, up 41% from the year-earlier period,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Advocacy groups like Consumers Union are pushing for phone companies to do more to block the calls, while Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine) and Claire McCaskill, (D., Mo.), leaders of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, are among the lawmakers seeking stronger enforcement.

A key challenge is that scammers have easy access to technology to make computer-based calls while blocking their identity from victims.

Frequently, the callers originate in countries like India, Jamaica and the Philippines, making them hard for U.S. authorities to police.

Beware of These Common Phone Scams
  • Pleas for money from panicked-sounding people claiming to be grandchildren or other relatives.
  • Requests for private information, like Social Security numbers or credit card information.
  • Impersonations of the Internal Revenue Service (which actually has a policy against calling taxpayers, instead using mail as the primary means of contact). “The callers falsely and aggressively claimed recipients owed back taxes and faced imminent legal trouble,” the WSJ reports.
  • Impersonating lottery officials that tell seniors they’ve won jackpots, but have to pay fees and taxes on the winnings.
  • Impersonating tech support for software companies and leading people to load malware on computers.

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