OSWEGO – Residents at Bishop’s Commons welcomed Oswego County Sheriff Reuel Todd who took the opportunity to present some tips to help seniors avoid falling victim to scams or consumer fraud.
“There are many aggressive and creative ways con artists use to attempt to steal your money and obtain personal information, whether it is through a telephone conversation or an e-mail,” warned Sheriff Todd.
The internet alone accounts for billions of dollars in fraudulent activity each year. One of the biggest crimes involves identity theft, usually when an unsuspecting victim provides their name and Social Security number.
The sheriff warned that consumer fraud is not just happening in other places, but has occurred right here in Oswego County.
“If you receive a phone call where the caller is asking you for personal information,” the sheriff advised, “just hang up; don’t confirm your name or social security number.”
The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to avoid giving out personal information over the phone or by responding to emails from unfamiliar sources.