Natee Meepian/Bigstock.com Missouri seniors phone scamWe’ve all heard about them. Some of us know someone who has been affected by one. Whether they’re being perpetrated by phone, email, door-to-door, or via social networks like Facebook, it seems like there are more scams targeting seniors in Missouri and across the country every day. Most of us think that a scam like that will never happen to us, but today’s scammers are getting increasingly tricky and more and more sophisticated in their efforts to separate decent people from their money. So here are a few tips from the Lazy Acres adult living community in Belton, MO to help you spot scams and avoid them!

  • If you receive a phone call from a “computer professional” or anyone else claiming to be from a reputable and well-known technology company such as Microsoft, Intel, or Google warning you that they have detected “suspicious activity,” viruses, or other bugs on your computer, be wary. There’s no way for anyone from those companies to know what’s on your computer or what may be wrong with it. The scammer is probably trying to get you to pay for a “service” that won’t actually do anything, or may be attempting to install viruses or other harmful applications on your computer. Just hang up the phone.
  • Any email that offers you money, tells you that you’ve won a sweepstakes, or wants you to claim a long-lost inheritance is a scam. Even in this digital age, those kinds of communications still come via official letter in the regular mail. Delete the email and don’t click on any links that it might contain.
  • Similarly, any email or phone call claiming to be from the IRS or a law firm and stating that you have been identified in a lawsuit or owe money to the government is also a scam. Notifications like that come in the mail.
  • If you receive an email claiming to be from UPS or FedEx or even the United States Postal Service informing you that they were unable to deliver a package to your home, it’s a scam. When a package cannot be delivered, all major carriers leave a note on your door.
  • If someone you don’t know calls claiming that one of your children or grandchildren is in trouble and needs money for hospital bills or to cover the cost of a ticket home, they are probably a scammer. Hang up and call a family member to see if everyone is okay.

Fortunately, if you’re a resident of the Lazy Acres adult living community in Belton, then chances are you won’t have too much to worry about. Lazy Acres is a safe and well-controlled neighborhood, and our neighbors look out for each other. In fact, Lazy Acres is a “no soliciting” community, so if our residents see anyone going door to door who looks like they may be trying to sell something or pull some kind of scam on our residents, we encourage you to contact the police first (as many of these people do not have a city permit to solicit and some have warrants) and then call Tim or Karen Savage so that the matter can be quickly resolved. Not only will you be helping put your own mind at rest, but you’ll also be doing the community and your neighbors a big favor.

Not already a resident? You can always give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form to learn more!