Celebrating Older Americans Month




Celebrating Older Americans Month

In the month of May, we celebrate Older Americans Month, with “Communities of Strength” as its theme. Older Americans have an important role in our society. They have the power to positively influence generations with their knowledge, help us avoid mistakes of the past and lead us to a brighter future. 

As we recognize the contributions Older Americans have made to our community, we need to work together to protect them as well. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to protect older adults year round, through law enforcement actions and the Pass It On fraud prevention campaign. Pass It On encourages people to share what they know to protect someone from a fraud, and to be a resource that others can turn to. Below is a list of common scams to be aware of and how to avoid them.
  • Identity Theft - Protect your information by shredding documents before throwing them out. Do not provide any personal information to anyone who contacts you. 
  • Unwanted Calls - Do not press any numbers and immediately hang up on robocalls or unsolicited calls. 
  • Impostor Scams - Many scammers portray to be a familiar company, government official, or some one you may know. Do not provide any personal information or wire money. Contact the person or company directly to confirm if it really is them.
  • Health Care Scams - You have a Medicare card, but a caller says you need a new one. Do not share any personal information and call Medicare (1-800-MEDICARE) directly to investigate.
  • "You've Won" Scams - Do not share any personal information with anyone who claims they need it for a prize you just won. And never wire any money to anyone who says they need you to before claiming your prize.
  • Home Repair Scams - If someone offers to repair your home for cheap but requires you to pay upfront before completing the work, it is a scam. Ask for references, licenses and insurances. Do not start any work until you have a signed contract and do not pay by cash or wire transfer.
  • Work-at-Home Scams - Scammers will offer you a remote work job but will request for your bank account numbers so you can pay for own office supplies and promise to reimburse you. Never pay money to earn money. Search online for the company name with the words "review," "scam," or "complaint."
  • Charity Scams - When someone contacts you regarding a donation to a charity, do your research first to confirm if it is a real charity.

If you spot a scam, please tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. If you suspect identity theft, act quickly. Please report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Report identity theft online or call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261.

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