Friday, November 8, 2013

Seniors Beware of Telemarketing Fraud

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Senior citizens and grandparents have been a major target for telemarketing and telephone scams in Michigan. Unfortunately, as Glenn Clark, a repre­sentative of the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Consumer Protection Division explains, “if you’re a senior, God bless you, but you have a bull’s-eye on your back for these telemarketing frauds.”

Mr. Clark, keynote speaker at the annual Monroe County Elder Justice Sum­mit held Thursday, said 56 to 80 percent of all telemarketing fraud is aimed at seniors but telemarketing fraud is not the only type of fraud that takes place over the phone. Another common scam aimed at senior citizens is the “emergency situation” scam.

Unfortunately, scammers find the names of their victims from public documents or other sorts of data mining. When the scammers locate their victims, they call the senior citizen pretending to be a relative in distress. The scammers explain to the targeted senior citizen that they are in a medical, legal, or any other type of emergency to acquire funds. The scammer makes sure the senior believes that they are, for example, a grandchild that needs immediate help.

Because senior citizens and grandparents are older in age, may have a hard time hearing over the phone, and are not used to telephone calls, they often do not realize that the person on the line is not their family member.

Mr. Clark further explains that the scammers try to appeal to some kind of emotional bond and “they want you to act emotionally and not logically.”

In order to prevent these types of situations Mr. Clark advises to try to verify who that individual is through quizzing them on personal details or calling relatives to verify that the individual is really in trouble.

If you have faced this type of situation or have any questions regarding these types of issues contact Michigan fraud attorney, Mark Mandell at 888-674-1189 or online at

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