What are the most frequent scams for the elderly


This year crimes due to economic scams have increased by 40% to people over 65, taking advantage of their loneliness and excess of hospitality. At the fore are the deceptions to free your son or grandson from jail or the famous gas inspector.

To avoid falling for scams, the police advise not to trust such calls nor open the door to strangers. Nor should we do surveys at the door of the house or sign any type of contract. And if a contract is signed, it must be taken into account that there are 14 days to withdraw.

Fake light or gas testers

This scam is very common in older people. A fake gas or light technician knocks on your door with an excuse to carry out a check because either there is a breakdown or there is a better offer on the market that he wants to show you. They usually go in pairs; one reviews the accountant and the other while gaining the confidence of the victim. On many occasions they take the opportunity to check the rooms and take a look at the value of the home, money, jewelry, etc.

The catch comes when it comes to paying for that meter inspection. So, The Police reminds that the companies give advance notice before carrying out the inspection. And very important, they never charge in cash because many times they charge that cost in the received of the electricity of the next month.

Gas meter (bigstock)

The stamp and the tocomocho

This scam is one of the oldest. The objective is to gain the trust of the victim by telling them that they have winning lottery tickets. They are usually accompanied by a buddy, who enters the scene with a very good presence and ends up convincing the old man to do the business half.

In return, he must give him all the money he has and even the jewels in exchange for the tickets. Even in the worst case, They accompany the person to withdraw money from their bank account.

The false lawyer

This scam is very fashionable in recent months. Let’s say it’s one of the scams of the 21st century. Criminals call older people and scare them by telling them that their son, grandson or husband has committed a serious crime and that is why they are in the police station. The trick comes when they are told that in order to get it out, the victim has to give cash quickly.

This is the profile of the scammer

The civil Guard explains on his website that: “The scammer does not usually act alone, between two and three people act, in league, and the idea is to get cash on the spot. They tend to be very polite, with a good appearance, speak confidently, and quickly gain the trust of their victim. “

Recommendations of the Civil Guard to avoid being scammed

  • Do not open the door to strangers and, if you have a peephole, always check the identity of the caller. Request invoices for all your repairs and purchases made, in writing.
  • Don’t pay for services up front.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash, use credit cards. Walk on the inside of the sidewalk and place the purse on the side of the wall.
  • Do not entrust the transport of your suitcases to people you do not know.
  • Be wary of raffles, raffles, and gifts. Don’t Respond to Offers You Don’t Understand Bargains don’t exist, and neither do businesses that can make you rich quickly without risk.
  • Do not trust the gurus and always ask your GP or specialist.
  • Shred receipts, vouchers, or bank statements for old credit cards and accounts. Close all unused credits or bank accounts. Do not reveal your personal information by phone, mail or Internet, unless you have initiated the contact and are sure who the recipient is.
  • Don’t discuss investing with people you don’t trust (friends, family, or financial advisers).
  • Try not to withdraw money at ATMs that are on the street and, if there is no other option, that they are small amounts.