Greenville, SC (FOX Carolina) - Greenville police are warning residents of a telephone scam targeting senior citizens in the area.
According to the Greenville Police Department, two elderly residents were recently conned out of nearly $80 thousand from their life savings.
The sheriff's office says telephone fraud schemes can include:
- Tech support scams
- prize sweepstakes
- lottery scams
- police or government scams
- family and friend impersonation scams
Police said in 2014, two of the largest scams in our area included a couple who lost about $1 million dollars over a two-year period while another person was cheated out of nearly $500 thousand.
Investigators said warning signs of telephone fraud scams include:
- Insisting on payment by wire transfer, gift card, cash
- Demanding you “confirm” account information or social security number
- Asking for credit card information for payment before receiving “free” services
- Offers to help recover money already lost
- Pressure to make an immediate decision
Officers advise people to never give personal or financial information over the phone when someone calls you and if someone is too insistent or pushy, simply tell them not to call back and hang up on them. Police also want to remind citizens that Federal, State, or Local agencies (i.e. the IRS, Police) will never take or ask for money over the phone.