Chillicothe Police – Scams & Elder Scams
The Chillicothe Police Department has received numerous reports of scams over the past few weeks. They remind area residents, the best way to handle a scam call is to hang up.
Many of the scams are targeting the elderly. Some of the common scams include: Romance scam, Tech support scams, Grandparent scams, Government impersonation scams, Sweepstakes/charity/lottery scams, Home repair scams,
Many of these are by complete strangers that just want your money or personal information.
Some are unfortunately by people you trust, including caregivers and even family members.
The Chillicothe Police Department encourages you to Protect Yourself.
- Common red flags include demands for immediate action or payment, payment by gift cards, threats of arrest. Unexpected calls or emails from government agencies.
- Recognize scam attempts and end all communication with the perpetrator.
- Search online for the contact information (name, email, phone number, addresses) and the proposed offer. Other people have likely posted information online about individuals and businesses trying to run scams.
If you believe you or someone you know may have been a victim of elder fraud, contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online. You can also file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
If the scammer is someone you know or even a family member, contact your local authorities.