Recent scams target elderly

More scams are being reported throughout the Michiana area, and this time they're targeting the elderly.

Police in Buchanan hosted a special seminar to inform vulnerable adults on how to red flag dangerous calls, emails and letters, and what to do if you have already been a victim.

The elderly are targeted because of their manners, police say.

"a lot of it is because of their upbringing and their manners. They just won't say no. And a lot of times that will stop the problem. Just saying no and hanging up the phone. Or reading the letter, and saying no I don't want to do this and throwing the letter away," said trooper Robert Herbstreith of the Michigan state police.

One resident told a story how she had personally been victimized.

"I have been scammed since my husband died. He died in April, and he'd only been gone 2 weeks and a guy that had a foreign accent, he called me at 7 in the morning, told me my husband had opened an American Express card, and I said that's awful funny, he's been buried 2 weeks, how can he do that from the grave?" said Terry Oxender.

One red flag was they pronounced her name wrong.

Often scammers are posing as family members, especially grandkids.

Senior center executive director Alice Hopkins said, "One that we recently experienced here, in fact, it happened to me, they call, they say, 'hi grandma this is your grandson, and I'm in Peru, or mexico city and I've been arrested, and I really need some money.' For me, it didn't work, because I was aware of this because all of my grand kids call me 'Nana.'"

Police say if you are targeted, you should report it to your local police station.


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