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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Seniors victimized by phone scammers

Dozens of elderly residents in Fairfax County have been ripped off by telephone scammers who’ve gotten them to give out personal financial information, the West Springfield Police District reported March 5.

“In the latest scam, victims are receiving calls from someone pretending to be from a utility company, delivery service, or sweepstakes. Residents are told their service will be discontinued unless they pay by phone immediately,” a police bulletin states. Frightened at the thought of no heat, power, or phone, victimized seniors have provided account numbers and payment information.

Sometimes the caller says the information is needed to send out important documents such as new health insurance or Social Security cards. The calls are usually made during weekdays. Callers have been male and female. Sometimes they have an accent, and often they know basic information about the victim, such as the name, age, and address.

If you or someone you know has been victimized, report the incident to the Fairfax County Police Reporting System. There is also an online form for reporting Social Security fraud.

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