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Look out for Scammers

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM
Even though we are living the age of the data breach and other online scams, dishonest people will still use old fashioned techniques to steal from you. This is due to the simple fact that these methods still work. One of these old-school tactics is the door-to-door scam. In a door-to-door scam, the fraudster knocks on your door and typically offers a product or service, but their primary goal is to steal from you. They will typically do this by convincing you to pay cash up-front for a service that is never rendered, or distracting you while an accomplice ransacks your home. These people often target seniors because Baby Boomers were raised to be courteous and trusting???the perfect characteristics for con artists to exploit. Rather than refusing to answer the door for a stranger or just saying no to a product or service, many elders allow scammers to get their foot in the door (figuratively and sometimes literally) with sales pitches and emotional manipulation because they do not want to be perceived as rude. To help you better understand how these con artists work, take a look at a few prime examples of their work that have been reported to law enforcement. Free Home Security Inspection Typically the scammer knocks on your door and informs you that there has been a string of burglaries in your area. This information, whether it is true or not, evokes fear in your mind and makes you a more vulnerable target. They will then state that, for your protection, their company is offering free home security inspections. They are supposedly offering a solution to help alleviate your fear and protect your valuables, but in reality, they are trying to gain your trust. While conducting the ???inspection,??? the scammer will search your home for areas of vulnerability, mentally catalog the types of valuables in your possession, where they are located and how well they are protected. (agingcare.com)

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