Crime Watch: Crimes targeting seniors

In this week's Crime Watch, Lt. Cindy Kilgore breaks down 5 of the most common scams targeting seniors:

1. Healthcare/Medicare Insurance Fraud
--Perpetrators pose as Medicare representatives to get recipients to give personal information
2. Funeral & Cemetery Scams
--Perpetrators watch obituaries and call or attend funeral services to approach surviving spouse claiming an unpaid debt is due
--Disreputable funeral homes adding inflated or unnecessary charges to bill
3. Telemarketing
--As a group, seniors make twice as many purchases with telemarketers than national average
--Hard to trace scammers with no paper trail or internet transactions
--Scammers will sell information
4. Internet Fraud
--Pop-up windows simulating virus alerts urging anti-virus downloads
--Phishing email appears to come from legitimate institution or company asking for information to be updated
5. Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams
--Promise of cash or prize winnings that must make payment to unlock prize
--Sometimes a fake check will be sent that won’t show up for a couple of days after deposit

Crime Stoppers has a shred event coming up on Saturday, May 18 where you can get your personal documents destroyed and protect against identity theft. It will be held at Martin's Supermarket in Erskine Plaza in South Bend from 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is a minimum $10 donation.

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