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Senior Scam That Can Cost You and Your Family

It is distasteful but it happens all the time. Seniors being scammed. With the holiday season just around the corner, scammers are becoming more creative in the plot to scam seniors.

Imagine a lonely senior who sought out companionship online or offline only to lose money and get hurt because of a dating scam. Or a call about a free or highly discounted travel or cruise package which in fact was just a normal package with unnecessary additions like a $39 drink package per day for soda, house wine and beer. How much beer, house wine or soda could a senior drink per day?

Senior scams are a serious issue. If not addressed it may lead to financial loss and emotional pain.

Here are four areas to be aware of before it is too late:

One: Medical

With the high cost of prescription and over the counter medication, seniors are finding it hard to pay for their medical needs. A special discount or offer card always seems enticing. What more if it sounds like one from the government like a Medicare drug discount card? Not all of them are legitimate. Check the sources and do your research before buying into one.

Medicare has a list of approved companies that they use. You can check online or call Medicare at 800-MEDICARE. Medicare approved companies are not allowed to sell their products door-to-door or take a sale transaction over the telephone.

Two: Leisure and Travel