Every year, thieves target individuals to get access to their personal information and money, and they tend to zero in on older people. Seniors lose more than $3 billion to fraud each year, according to the FBI.

Charity Scams If there’s a hurricane or other natural disaster in your area, a criminal might call you and ask for donations to a nonprofit that is working to rebuild the region or help needy families. They will often want your bank account or credit card details, which they can use to access your funds.

Funeral Scams If you place an obituary after a loved one dies, a thief may approach you and claim the deceased owed money. In another variation, the criminal may attend your funeral to gather information before asking for money to cover an overdue debt.

Government Imposter Scams You might receive phone calls from people pretending to be from the IRS or Social Security Administration that demand immediate payment of unpaid taxes or ask for personal information in order to continue your Social Security or Medicare benefits.

Grandparent Scams In this scenario, a person will pretend to be the grandchild of the person who answers the phone and ask for money. The caller might claim they are having an emergency, such as a car accident or problem with the law, and don’t want anyone to find out.

Internet Scams Scammers may target you if you reveal personal information online. Internet scammers might utilise your online personal information to con you into giving money or sharing information.

Investment Scams Someone claiming to be a financial advisor, real estate investor, or wealth manager may call you and promise a great investment opportunity or high returns. These frauds won't return your money. Before donating,

Medicare Scams Someone may contact you claiming to be a Medicare representative who can help you save money by getting some form of additional coverage.