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RISE IN SCAMS TARGETING SENIORS
Senior Scams have been reported to the Fairfield Police Department and oftentimes, these scams come in the form of a telephone call. Scammers have many creative ways to solicit banking and/or social security information. Please make sure to never give bank account or social security numbers to anyone who contacts you via email or text.
The police have also identified that scammers will claim to be the elderly person’s grandson/granddaughter and will inform them that they have been arrested overseas or while on vacation and are in need of funds for bail. These callers will ask the elderly person to withdraw a set amount of money from their bank account and will give them a venue for pickup. Sometimes they will have them purchase gift cards and reply to them with the account number and we have seen a recent case where someone came to the home to pick up the money.
It should be noted that police departments will never ask for money in the form of gift cards for bail. Furthermore, all transactions for bail are done directly at the police department. If there is ever doubt, please contact the Fairfield Police at (203) 254-4800 for advice. Our officers are committed to protecting our elderly citizens and will prosecute those responsible for these scams to the fullest extent of the law.
Have you been the victim of fraud? Received a message demanding immediate payment and aren’t sure if it’s legitimate? Have you or your loved one been the victim of abuse or neglect? Do you need help accessing benefits or assistance? If so, contact the Elder Justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555 and staff can connect you to agencies who are available to help.
The hotline will be staffed by the Attorney General’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
The Elder Justice Hotline is a new resource intended to connect individuals seeking information to the appropriate state agencies. Additional information on how to report elder abuse can be found at Social Work Services.
To file a consumer-related complaint directly with the Attorney General’s Office, please use the link below or call the Elder Justice Hotline at 1-860-808-5555 for further assistance.
You can find out more information and sign up for scam alerts on the Federal Trade Commission website.
I hope you have a lovely weekend and stay warm!
Brenda L. Kupchick
Fairfield First Selectwoman