Protecting the elderly is one of the Attorney General's top priorities. Learn ways to help our senior citizens and keep them safe. If con-artists were to profile their victims, there's a good chance those victims would be age 65 and up.
According to national statistics, people over 65 constitute only 12 percent of the population, but they make up 30 percent of scam victims. Through publications, community fairs, and presentations to various groups, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section
is committed to protecting Louisiana Senior Citizens from becoming victims of fraud.
Con-artists are very convincing. It is probably a scam if:
- The caller says you must act immediately. Legitimate businesses do not pressure you to act until you have thoroughly reviewed the offer.
- The caller refuses to send you written information. Legitimate companies are more than willing to send you information about their products and services.
- The caller is asking for a charitable donation but will not answer your questions about how your donation will be used. Remember that a legitimate charitable organization will send you information about their organization before you donate.
- The caller asks for your social security number. A legitimate company does not ask for this type of information unless you are applying for credit.
- The caller asks for your credit card number or bank account number. Never give out this type of information unless you have an established relationship with the business.
It is often difficult to detect if an offer is legitimate. Remember to keep in mind the following:
- Be wary of anything that sounds "too good to be true."
- Avoid high-pressure sales tactics.
- Ask questions.
- Ignore "once in a lifetime" offers.
- Learn to spot scams that are typically aimed at senior citizens such as telemarketing and home repair fraud.