Thursday, July 2, 2015

Robocall Scam Targets New York Seniors

There's a new robocall scam that attempts to lure older New Yorkers into providing their personal information over the phone.

According to New York State officials, a voice on the robocall identifies itself as the New York State Office for the Aging and asks the individual answering the phone to press a button if someone in the home is over 65 and would be interested in receiving a free Medic Alert pin and $3000 in coupons for food or other items.

"This is a scam. The New York State Office for the Aging does not give away items, money or coupons and will never solicit personal information over the phone."

If you receive a similar call, you should hang up immediately.

Reports of financial scams should be reported to the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-771-7755, the NYS Department of Financial Services at 1-800-697-1220 or the NYS Department of State (518) 474-8583.

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