Far too often residents, regardless of age, are targeted by scam artists. The North Brunswick Police Department would like to inform the community of the ‘Anti-Fraud Toolkit’, designed to provide you with the information you need when confronted with a potential scam. The Toolkit can be found through the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at www.fightingfraudnj.gov.
Senior citizens, individuals 60 and over, are targeted more frequently by financial fraud and scams than any other age group. Today's seniors are prime targets of fraudsters for several reasons, starting with their financial assets. Members of their generation are most likely to have a substantial "nest egg," own their homes, or have excellent credit. Moreover, seniors are less likely to report a fraud, either because they don't know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don't know they have been victimized.
But one of the biggest reasons seniors fall prey to fraudsters is that they are simply less likely to be aware of the latest scams making their way across the nation and around the state. The "Anti-Fraud Toolkit" was designed to provide senior citizens with the information they need to recognize and avoid scams.
Those who work with seniors every day – social workers, caretakers, staff at senior centers, and local and county divisions of aging – are encouraged to download and post this information on bulletin boards at senior centers, retirement homes, and social clubs. The "Anti-Fraud Toolkit" will also be supplemented by regular email fraud alerts to a voluntary network to keep New Jersey's senior citizens abreast of the latest frauds and scams targeting them.
The "Anti-Fraud Toolkit" consists of the following documents:
"Ten Red Flags That It Might Be a Scam"
A simple list of red flags for seniors to watch out for when they are solicited in person, by phone call, by mail, or through the internet.
"Common Door-to-Door Scams" and "Tips to Avoid Door-to-Door Scams"
Descriptions of scams arising from door-to-door solicitations, including charities scams and contracting scams, and tips on how to avoid such scams.
"Common Mail Scams" and "Tips to Avoid Mail Scams"
Descriptions of scams that may be reaching seniors through the mail, including lottery scams and the IRS tax scams, and tips on how to avoid such scams.
"You Can't Out-Scam a Scammer"
Guidance on why seniors should not "play along" with a scam phone call, even when they realize it's a scam.
"Important Phone Numbers"
List of important phone numbers that seniors can call if they suspect that they have become a victim of a scam.
"Suspected Scam Calls Log"
Phone log that seniors can use to keep track of phone numbers used by fraudsters to make scam phone calls.
"Directory of County Consumer Affairs Offices"
Contact information for county consumer affairs offices throughout New Jersey.
Regular real-time "Fraud Alerts" will be emailed to a network of government officials, senior center operators, caregivers, social workers, and others interested in helping New Jersey's seniors avoid fraud.
Please download these documents, post them on bulletin boards, and share them with others to help educate seniors on how to best prevent becoming a victim of fraud.