Scams Targeting Elderly on the Rise

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Scams targeting the elderly are becoming more and more frequent. Monday, WTAP reported on the latest; involving callers pretending to be grandchildren asking for money.

According to Central WV Aging Services, scams of all types are on the rise, and 30 percent of them involve the elderly.

Officials say people can be more cautious by not making big financial decisions on the spot, always ask for identification and in the case of having work done, never put money down before the job is complete.

"It's very easy to fall into these traps, because seniors are typically very trusting. They come from a generation where a handshake was as good as your word," Kelleyn McClain with Central WV said.

If there's ever a question of whether or not you're being scammed, you can contact the Better Business Bureau. If it turns out you are, report it as soon as possible.

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