Stopping scammers by spreading awareness

Stopping scammers by spreading awareness
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The COVID-19 pandemic can instill fear in people and you can bet there are crooks that want to take advantage of that.

AARP is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Attorney’s office to spread scam awareness.

“We believe educating seniors is the best way to prevent them from becoming victims of fraud,” said Robert Wemyss, postal service Deputy Chief Inspector.

So what should you be looking out for? Officials detail two common scams targeting seniors- the first involves requesting payment through gift cards.

The other can turn a victim into a “money mule,” by having them send and receive packages that will ultimately lead to more scams.

Officials have come up with new posters and public service announcements to help educate people and protect them from getting scammed.

“If you know how these work, we can stop the money and shut down the fraudsters,” said U.S. attorney for the northern district of New York attorney for Northern New York Antoinette Bacon.

The advice- be a skeptic. Question things if they appear to be weird, or too good to be true. AARP has a website for more information.

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