Attorney General's Office Holds Presentation On Scams

  • 11/6/2019 4:24:04 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Ohio Attorney General's Office, which hoping to curb scams targeting senior citizens, held a presentation at The Waterford senior living center on Wednesday to help educate elderly citizens about types of scams that are common around Ohio.

According to Katie Harper, the Outreach Coordinator for the Consumer Protection branch of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, the most common scam today is one that involves phishing for social security numbers.

"Callers are asked either to confirm their social security number or benefits will be taken away or that their social security number has been identified with a crime and to try to get more personal information that way," Harper said as she described the scam. "(Callers) try to come off as someone who is a friend or a relative or an institution that may not seem right...the biggest thing to remember is that if you're ever asked to pay for anything with a gift card, it's most likely a scam."

Harper says that senior citizens are specifically being targeted over other demographics, primarily due to their trusting nature and friendly demeanor.

"Seniors are targeted because they're trusting and polite. They will take the call or answer the email, they have access to larger sums of cash on-hand, and some of them may be more isolated, they may be in for companionship," Harper explained.

To report a scam, contact the Ohio Attorney general's office via phoneor visit their website.

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