New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Elderly beware: scams on the rise


August 5, 2019

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother.

The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he'd been arrested for fishing on an Indian reservation - unaware he was breaking the law - and needed bail money so a judge wouldn't throw him in jail.

My mother's response, which I'll share in a moment, is now a classic part of family lore - but the threat that increasingly sophisticated scammers pose to elderly Americans is nothing to laugh about.

In this era of smartphones, email and social media, scammers have their choice of tools to attempt to fleece us all.

They use f...

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