State Police are warning people to be on high alert for possible scams after a Canandaigua woman was tricked into paying a man thousands of dollars for an alleged lottery jackpot.
Earlier this week, police arrested 40-year-old Earl Alton Smith of New Jersey. He is being charged with grand larceny in connection with the case.
Life Span of Rochester says 2.6 million older adults fall victim to a scam each year.
Five years ago David Rogers was almost victim of the “Grandparents Scam” – callers pretending to be grandkids in need of cash.
“They said they need $1500.00 to bail me out. I wondered if you could help me? I stopped and started thinking… I said Michael what’s your middle name? Bang goes the receiver,” said Rogers.
New York State Police say the most common types of scams include solicitors on Craigslist and the lottery scam, when callers force you to pay the taxes before your big payout.
Rogers says they won’t catch him off guard.
Police also warn to never give out your personal information over the phone; and that common sense can be the best safeguard against becoming a victim.
Many of these scams use Western Union to wire money. Western Union has agreed to pay restitution to victims of various scams.
If you feel you’ve fallen victim to a scam, contact the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-771-7755
Lifespan is out there to help senior citizens. The number is (585) 244-8400.