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Fulshear Police Warn of Scams Targeting the Elderly, Offer Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim

(FULSHEAR) – The Fulshear Police Department has released a list of common scams targeting the elderly and tips on how potential victims can protect themselves.

Common scams include:


Romance scam: Criminals pose as interested romantic partners on social media or dating websites to capitalize on their elderly victims’ desire to find companions.


Tech support scam: Criminals pose as technology support representatives and offer to fix non-existent computer issues. The scammers gain remote access to victims’ devices and sensitive information.


Grandparent scam: Criminals pose as a relative—usually a child or grandchild—claiming to be in immediate financial need.


Government impersonation scam: Criminals pose as government employees and threaten to arrest or prosecute victims unless they agree to provide funds or other payments.


Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scam: Criminals claim to work for legitimate charitable organizations to gain victims’ trust. Or they claim their targets have won a foreign lottery or sweepstake, which they can collect for a “fee.”


Home repair scam: Criminals appear in person and charge homeowners in advance for home improvement services that they never provide.


TV/radio scam: Criminals target potential victims using illegitimate advertisements about legitimate services, such as reverse mortgages or credit repair.


Family/caregiver scam: Relatives or acquaintances of the elderly victims take advantage of them or otherwise get their money.


How to Protect Yourself:


  • Recognize scam attempts and end all communication with the perpetrator.

  • Search online for the contact information (name, email, phone number, addresses) and the proposed offer. Other people have likely posted information online about individuals and businesses trying to run scams.

  • Resist the pressure to act quickly. Scammers create a sense of urgency to produce fear and lure victims into immediate action. Call the police immediately if you feel there is a danger to yourself or a loved one.

  • Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls, mailings, and door-to-door services offers.

  • Never give or send any personally identifiable information, money, jewelry, gift cards, checks, or wire information to unverified people or businesses.

  • Make sure all computer anti-virus and security software and malware protections are up to date. Use reputable anti-virus software and firewalls.

  • Disconnect from the internet and shut down your device if you see a pop-up message or locked screen. Pop-ups are regularly used by perpetrators to spread malicious software. Enable pop-up blockers to avoid accidentally clicking on a pop-up.

  • Be careful what you download. Never open an email attachment from someone you don't know and be wary of email attachments forwarded to you.

  • Take precautions to protect your identity if a criminal gains access to your device or account. Immediately contact your financial institutions to place protections on your accounts and monitor your accounts and personal information


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