These are the top five scams aimed at seniors-and how to help avoid them

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Did you know seniors are being targeted more frequently than ever by fraudsters?
The scams focus around topics designed to make you nervous, so you act more emotionally than rationally: your health, your Social Security or Medicare, the recent death of a relative. Likewise, scammers try to confuse you and rely on the idea that you are polite and trusting.

Some of the common scams include:

  • The Grandparent Scam: Pretending to be a grandchild who’s in trouble and needs money.
  • IRS Scams: Claiming to be from the IRS and tricking you into giving up valuable information.
  • Tech Support Scams: Pop-ups on your computer promising technical support, but actually planting malware.

Combating senior fraud takes not only good cyber hygiene but also habits and behaviors that will make you a bad target for criminals:

  • Don’t fall for urgent language.
  • Run anything fishy by a friend first.
  • Never give out personal information to a caller.

Read the article to see more of the most common scams aimed at seniors, as well as other tricks you can use to help keep yourself from falling for them.

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