State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his office have issued a warning of new phone scams, specifically targeting senior citizens.
“Scammers are restless, and older New Yorkers are too often their prey of choice”, said Beth Finkel, AARP New York State Director. If you receive a call about money being demanded through gift cards or pre-paid debit cards, be very cautious and don’t give out any of your information.
Several complaints have been received from residents across the state, claiming that scam artists are posing as IRS agents or even family members trying to request the purchase of gift cards. Some reports have indicated that the scammer will attempt to have the victim read the barcode over the phone. A reminder, the IRS will always contact you via a letter before any telephone call. If you suspect any scam phone calls or if you have reason to believe that you’ve fallen to a scam, you are encouraged to contact your local police authorities.
Schneiderman’s office will be working with credit card companies, banks, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Retail Council of New York State to protect and educate consumers about the new threat.