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Inventive Scams Entrap Otsego County Elderly

Inventive Scams Entrap

Otsego County Elderly

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – An 88-year-old Laurens woman got a call, purportedly from Cooperstown Police: Her granddaughter had been in an accident, she was fine, but her car had been impounded and she needed $4,000 in cash to get it out.

The woman was instructed to wrap the money in a sweater and mail it to Staten Island. She did so, shipping the package overnight from The Shipping Room in Oneonta. But when the same person called back and asked for four Home Depot cards, she asked, “Is this a scam?”

“The person on the other end of the line said ‘Thanks for playing’ and hung up,” said Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

IRS Call Scam Hits Cooperstown

‘IRS Calls’ A Scam, Chief Says

COOPERSTOWN – Five Cooperstown senior citizens have reported receiving calls in recent days from people claiming to be IRS agents, according to Police Chief Michael Covert.

The callers claim payments must be made immediately or an arrest warrant will be issued.  “It’s a scam,” he said.

The scam, which was detailed in a talk given by Aiesha Battle, director of the Division of Consumer Protection, Oct. 23 in Oneonta and Cooperstown, is one of many that targets senior citizens.

The IRS will never call or threaten arrest for unpaid taxes.  If you do receive such a call, do not send money or give out banking information, Covert said.

Research, Callbacks Keys To Avoiding Senior Scams

Research, Callbacks Keys

To Avoiding Senior Scams

Aiesha Battle, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection addresses a record numbers of area seniors came out to attend an information forum on senior scam prevention held at Elm Park Methodist church this afternoon. Scams can pose as the IRS, prescription discount plans, to claims that they have kidnapped members of your family. Attendees were given information packets, numbers to call to report scams and sleeves for their chip credit cards to thwart pocket scanners. "The long and short of it is this;," said Battle, "Of someone is asing you for money through the mail it's a scam. If you have to pay money to get money, it's a scam." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Aiesha Battle, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection, addresses a packed house of local seniors who came out to attend an information forum on senior scam prevention held this morning at Elm Park Methodist Church, Oneonta. Scammers can pose as the IRS, prescription discount plans, a foreign lottery or even a hurt grandchild in order to get personal information, and Battle recommended that in the event of such a call, get a phone number and offer to call back after researching the organization or family member’s whereabouts.  “They play on your emotions,” she said.  “If someone is asking you for money on a wire transfer or a pre-paid card, it’s a scam. If you have to pay money to get money, it’s a scam.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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