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The FBI Is Spreading The Word About Scams Involving The Elderly

The FBI is spreading the word about scams that lead to elderly fraud. Saturday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and elderly fraud is a rising concern not only nationwide, but in Arizona. The FBI says the top five crimes against the elderly by victim count are extortion, personal data breach, non-payment/non-delivery, tech support and virtual currency. The top five crimes by financial loss on the elderly are confidence fraud, real estate or rentals, elderly benefits, advanced fee and social media. Confidence fraud has had 128 victims that total a loss of over 3.2-million dollars. The rankings are from the 2018 Internet Crime Complaint Center. The most common scam calls in Arizona are arrest warrant or missed jury duty, social security and calls acting to be from a utility. If you receive a call demanding payment by a pre-paid card, it’s likely a scam call. Authorities recommend hanging up and contacting authorities.