Here we are at another month. I have been hearing lately about scams that are hitting our county. Scams come in a lot of different forms. We are working with Adult Protective Services to put new scam of the month, in the Horizon Newsletter. It is such an important topic and we would like everyone to be aware of what is going on around them. It is heart breaking when you hear that one our seniors has been scammed. Older adults are sought after because they are helpful, kind, and trusting, making easy targets. If you have been contacted and feel that it is a scam please contact the police right away. They get this information to the public in many different forms. Adult Protective Services was in the Horizon Center recently to inform us of the ones that are happening in our area. One of our seniors in the county was scammed. He had hired a company to do home repair. A different person came and said they needed the money upfront, several thousands of dollars. It was not the correct person. He took his money for supplies and took off with it. He thought he was doing the right thing. Some seniors do not have loved ones or anyone to help with these projects and this happens often. Many scams happen over the telephone. If you answer the phone and someone says “can you hear me” and you reply “yes”, they record your voice and purchase things with your information. The “yes” is used as conformation to sign up for things.
Lately I have been getting phone calls that look like local numbers such as “765-763 or 317-398”. These people that are not local at all. My advice is if you get a call from a number that you do not recognize please let your answering machine pick it up. If they truly needed you, you can then return their phone call. If you have a computer then you may have received a call saying they are from Google or your computer company. They indicate an update is needed on your computer and they need your information to fix the problem. Another is they say it’s the IRS calling and you owe money. I think everyone gets on their toes when the IRS calls. Please do not give them any information. The IRS would send you a letter. Scammers are getting smarter and investigating more about your personal life. They use Facebook to look into your family information. They have made calls saying someone’s grandchild (using the child’s name) is in jail and needs to pay cash to get out of jail. Please be on high alert as scams are more common in today’s world. If you think it doesn’t sound or feel right, please step back and remember to not give out any of your personal information. If it is someone who really needs something from you, check with someone to see if it is legitimate.
If you have any questions please call the Police Dept. If you need further information about Shelby Senior Services please use any of these ways to reach us: 317-398-0127, 1504 S Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.www.shelbyseniorservices.org,