Phone scammers target local seniors

Latest scheme involves IRS robocall

It can happen to anyone,  any age,  but 66 percent of seniors in this country have been targeted by some sort of
phone or work at home job scheme.

James Foscolo of Home Instead Senior Care said  seniors are becoming more vulnerable to con artists because seniors are using technology “they are uncertain of.”

“They’re using a lot of technology and maybe they’re not the most versed,” he said.

According to Foscolo, the top scam hitting Central Florida seniors is still the IRS Treasury Department tax collection scheme.

Foscolo’s father Ralph has experienced the calls at least three times.

Ralph Foscolo said the calls were vague but “aggressive.”

“They don’t mention your name, not at all, so I’m not sure if it’s just Robo calls of some form,” he said.

The  latest  message purports to be from the U.S. Treasury Department.

The recording in part said :”This call is official final notice from the United State (sic) Treasury. The nature and purpose of this call to inform you that we have received a legal petition notice considering a tax sought against you…before you get arrested please call us back immediately.”

The recording seems to be spliced or edited together.

The bogus job-flex online recruiters are also targeting seniors.

Typically these con-men will ask for money in the form of application fees, using the victim’s personal banking  information or they will send an email with a mountain of grammatical errors.

One more thing, if a future employer is sending an email from Gmail or Yahoo chances are it’s a scam.

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For those of you receiving job flex offers consider the questions below:
1.       Is the hiring company’s name listed in the job posting?
2.       Do you need to pay to get the job, buy supplies, or invest in the company?
3.       Does the job listing sound too good to be true?
4.       Does the company ask you to provide your Social Security number, driver’s license number, credit card number, or bank information?
5.       Does the language used in the posting sound odd or strangely written?
6.       If you’re unsure of the job, do you really want to risk it?
7.       Do you have a bad gut feeling?

About the Author:

News 6’s Emmy Award-winning Investigative Reporter Mike Holfeld has made Central Florida history with major investigations that have led to new policies, legislative proposals and even -- state and national laws. If you have an issue or story idea, call Mike's office at 407-521-1322.