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Free Groceries Scam

How the scam works: 

We all have elderly relatives that we look out for, and this latest scam makes it very clear why that is so important. The groceries for seniors scam relies on pre-recorded phone calls to try and scam senior citizens into revealing their personal identifying information. It is very important that we spread the word of this scam to our senior friends and family who are more vulnerable to these types of scams. 

The scam consists of a recorded message advising callers that if they are sixty years of age or older they are eligible for the national senior assistance program. The message states, "Sixty years old or older, you now qualify for the new national senior assistance to receive $3,000 in free grocery savings certificates."

The program consists of not only getting $3000 in free grocery savings certificates, but a complimentary medical alert device as well. Of course, personal information is required to “process” the certificates and device, which never arrive. So beware!

How to avoid:

Warning seniors of this scam is, of course, line of defense number one. If you have an elderly loved one in your life, it is wise to periodically talk with them about the dangers of being too trusting with their personal information, especially with a stranger over the telephone. Many seniors are unaware of how easy it is to steal someone’s identity in this technological age in which we live. 

Finally, let them know that the old adage still rings true: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. These are timeless words that can go a long way toward saving millions of senior citizens the inconvenience and the heartache of identity theft. You can also report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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