May is recognized nationally as Older Americans Month, and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is reminding seniors that education is the best line of defense against fraud.
General Landry said, “Research shows that Americans aged 65 and older are the prime targets of scams and that they receive more junk mail and telephone solicitations than any other age group. So my office and I will continue to do all we can to educate seniors on how to best recognize scams and con artists to avoid becoming fraud victims.”
General Landry’s Office offers a special consumer publication on elder fraud prevention (available online here) which contains information on how to avoid telemarketing, mortgage, contractor, charity, and other types of frauds commonly perpetrated on senior citizens.
Some of the many tips for seniors are as follows:
- Never give out a Social Security number, credit card number, or bank account information over the phone unless the senior initiated the call.
- Resist high pressure to make a decision immediately.
- Never send money by courier, overnight delivery, or wire to anyone who insists on instant payment.
- Research all offers with General Landry’s Consumer Protection Section before agreeing to send money.
- Ask the caller to send written information about the product or service being offered.
- Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
And to help further educate seniors on elder fraud, representatives from General Landry’s Office will be distributing information and answering questions at the following senior events during this year’s Older Americans Month including:
Wednesday, May 16: 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Senior Crawfish Boil
West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Avenue, West Monroe, LA
For more elder fraud prevention tips, contact General Landry’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889 or visit www.AGJeffLandry.com.