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If you receive an email from Dept Vice Commander Roger Folmar requesting gift cards, it is a scam.  DO NOT reply or purchase gift cards.  The American Legion, Dept. of Texas does not request gift cards.

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 this article (<--click) 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.