Senior Scams - The Gathering Place, An Adult Day Center

  • Mortgage Relief Scams

    Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to find homeowners in distress. Some sift through public foreclosure notices in newspapers and on the internet or through public files at local government offices, and then send personalized letters to homeowners. Others take a broader approach through ads on the internet, on television or radio, or in newspapers; posters on telephone poles, median strips, and at bus stops; or flyers, business cards, or people at your front door. The scam artists use simple – but potentially deceptive – messages, like:

    "Stop foreclosure now!"

    "Get a loan modification!"

    "Over 90% of our customers get results."

    "We have special relationships with banks that can speed up the approval process."

    "100% Money Back Guarantee."

    "Keep Your Home. We know your home is scheduled to be sold. No Problem!"

    Once they have your attention, they use a variety of tactics to get your money. By knowing how their scams work, the FTC says you'll be better able to defend against fraud.

  • Telemarketing Fraud for Seniors

    If you are age 60 or older—and especially if you are an older woman living alone—you may be a special target of people who sell bogus products and services by telephone. Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations.

    When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.