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Transcript of SCAMS!
Detective Anne-Marie Browne
Domestic Violence Detective
Sexual Assault Investigator
Sergeant Glen Mills
Scams and Fraud
What we will cover:
Door to Door
What is Fraud?
Deliberate Deception with the promise of goods or services that are non-existant, unnecessary, never intended to be provided or grossly misrepresented.
There are a near infinite number of ways to defraud people.
Criminals are only limited by their imagination!
Why do criminals specifically target seniors?
Source of Income (Pension and Social Security)
Assets (Home Ownership, Cash and Savings)
More Trusting and Polite
Contact can be made by phone, mail, e-mail or in person at your door.
Charity Doesn't Exist
Sound Alike Charities are Common
May be based upon current events
Percentage That Goes to Charity
Time to Think...
PO Box or ???
What to Do?
Set A Budget $$$
No Phone Calls
Check With BBB, AG, Etc...
Contact You By Phone
Deal That Is Too Good To Be True
High Pressure Sales Pitch
***NEVER GIVE CREDIT CARD NUMBER OVER THE PHONE***
Tell the Caller You Need To Talk It Over (Preferably with your "grandson" or "grandaughter" the police officer!)
+ INTERNET SCAMS +
Contact By E-Mail
$$$Lots of Money$$$
Nigerian Advance Fee (419 Scam)
Overpayment for Item You Are Selling
Bank or Credit Card Company Emergency
Don't Feed The Trolls!
Don't Click Links
Don't Download Programs
Don't Reply to E-Mails
Verify, Verify, Verify!
*** IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT PROBABLY IS! ***
How Do They (The Criminals) Know About Me?
Theft of Purse or Wallet
The Big Business of ID Theft
Over 10 Million Americans A Year
Victims 65 and Older - 66% Didn't Report!
About 50 (B)ILLION $$$$ A YEAR!
Watch Your Stuff
No Personal Info Over the Phone
Take Your Receipts
Door To Door Sales
Unlimited Number of Sales Pitches
No Work or Shoddy Work
It Is Harder To Kick Someone Out Of Your House Than To Hang Up A Phone Or Leave A Store