You are here

60 and over in the time of COVID-19? Read on.

Share this page

I know, 60-year-olds. You’re not old. In fact, we’ve found that, when people think “old,” they think of someone about 10 years older than they are right now. But, because we’ve been warned about the effects of the Coronavirus on people 60+, listen up. Because scammers follow the headlines and know you might have this on your mind.

Right now, scammers are scuttling out of their dark corners to offer false hope (Home test kits! A cure!) and use fear (Your Social Security number is about to be revoked! Your loved one is in trouble!) – all to get your money or information. (None of those things are real, by the way.) They’re asking for your bank routing number to “help” you get your relief money – which is not how you’ll get it, by the way. They’re sending fake emails that look real, but those fake CDC or World Health Organization emails are trying to steal your personal information – or, if you click a link, put malware on your computer, tablet, or phone. Scammers are calling (and calling…and calling…), using illegal robocalls to pitch you the latest scammy thing. They’re texting, and they’re all over social media.

So, while you’re washing your hands and working to stay safe, here are a few ways you can help protect yourself – and those you love – from scammers.

  • Don’t be rushed. Whatever the call, email, text, or social media post is about, remember that scammers try to rush you. Legit people don’t.
  • Check it out. Before you act on something or share it – stop. Do some research. Do the facts back up the story?
  • Pass it on. If you get offered something great, or you’re worried about something alarming: talk to someone you trust before you act. What do they think?
  • Keep in touch with the FTC. Sign up for Consumer Alerts to help spot scams: ftc.gov/subscribe. And watch for the latest at ftc.gov/coronavirus.
  • Report scams to the FTC. Go to ftc.gov/complaint. Your report can help us shut the scammers down.

Want to help even more? Pass this post on. Tell a friend. And hey, let’s be careful out there.

Tagged with: cures, health, scam

Comments

Thank you always.

What’s hard is when they try to scam my mother who has memory issues and she sure doesn’t understand scam calls!

As a security awareness professional, I wanted to let you know I think you folks are doing a terrific job! Am following and sharing many of your articles within my organization. Keep up the good work.

And even with a crisis going on these scammers are still calling..and now are using the virus as ways to steel money from us

Thanks for the update and the information, I appreciate all the truthful information I can receive. I am 66 years young, going on 36 years old. Age may be just a number but wisdom comes from the truth, and the knowledge of how to use it.....PERIOD Loliving the dream always positive always optimistic

Age depends on whether or not the person stays active using one's brain for stimulus. I'm in my mid-70s and still multi-task. If something sounds fishy, I'm not afraid to use the server to get my email messages. If it sounds too good to be true, I'll highlight the message and look at the ORIGINAL, see where it was originally sent from, all of the way down to the IP Addresses. They tell lots of things, especially what country the message came from. Yeah, I know we aren't supposed to know this kind of information, but I do. So your OLD fly's out the window as far as that is concerned.

Great advice, but especially helpful now, considering the circumstances we are all living in. Thank You.

It occurred to me, while reading this, that it's time to stop calling these people spammers. Instead call them what they really are, criminals.

Yet another fan of "NYPD BLUE"?

Ms Leach, thank you for your timely and helpful suggestions. You are 100% correct: even though I am older than dirt at 70, I do think of people who are in their 80s as being really old.

And at 81, I think of 95 as being old but may change my mind when I get there. I walk 40 -50 minutes every day - at a good clip and up and down hills. Exercise can do amazing things for the body.

Scammers always think 60+ are stupid, cannot think straight. Thank you FTC for keeping us on our toes. If it doesn't sound wright, looks too good, something ain't wright. Always double check, slow before you act.

My daughter got a email from Amazon as per her ordered .It told unless she update her personal information on email , her order will not be processed .My daughter put a Bogus email address and it went through ,it was asking for her social security and personal information . I told her it was a scam , as Amazon doesn’t sent email like that .

I have heard the scammers are coming out of the woodwork. Today I got a phone call from NY, where I know no one. They left a voicemail, but I didn't open it. Thank you for this info.

Someone text me Sunday from what was supposed to be my friend on FB talking about the Dept. of Health and Human Services needed me to fill out a form so they could deliver some money to me that I don't have to pay back. The scammer said they got 100,000 directly deposited to their bank. Since I know the lady whose FB account had surly been hacked I asked the person to answer a personal question that my actual friend would know the answer. They dropped offline quicker than you can say, scammer! I was lucky that I caught it, but please be wise. Ask for a number and then call CDC or WHO and ask if that's one of their workers. It takes less time to do that than it does to repair the damage one of these crooks can do.

I urge everyone to be vigilant in conducting your personal business, especially in light of COVID-19 to those who are disabled and are our most vulnerable part of the population especially prone to such situations. Disabled Americans need to work together with the FTC in areas where there is a mission to prevent exploitation, both financially and socially. Peace out.

I got an email offering to sell me covid-19 masks. The picture in the ad showed a woman in scrubs, holding a vial that was marked coronavirus and wearing a mask. A second picture showed a man wearing a different kind of mask. The text was typical hard sell, protect yourself, click "here" to get your masks. You have to wonder how many frightened people, responded to the ad.

Thank you for doing a fantastic job in keeping everyone informed. Totally appreciated!

Leave a Comment