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Police warning over scams against seniors

Scam warning: Police alert seniors they are targets for fraudsters (File photograph)

Con artists have targeted the elderly in a string of scams, police warned yesterday.

A spokesman highlighted one senior who was contacted by someone who persuaded them to invest “a significant amount of money” in a US business.

But it was later found that the cash had been sent to an account in a different country.

He added another senior was lured into allowing remote access to their computer from someone who claimed to be from a reputable company.

The scammer stole the senior’s bank details and other personal information – and threatened to release the information if the victim did not transfer cash to an overseas bank.

The police spokesman said that seniors should be careful if approached with investment opportunities.

He added if seniors were contacted by anyone other than “a trusted relative or friend” they should refuse to supply financial information or personal details, including bank cards, phone numbers or addresses.

The spokesman told the elderly: “If you feel unsure about someone contacting you regarding your financial information, do not engage in conversation with them. Inform your financial institution, and contact the police on 911.”

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Published August 10, 2021 at 7:36 am (Updated August 10, 2021 at 7:36 am)

Police warning over scams against seniors

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