According to the “2018 DOJ Report on Senior Abuse and Financial Exploitation,” each year, an estimated three billion dollars is stolen from America’s seniors through various scams. Seniors often fall prey to imposters who claim to represent the IRS, Medicare or Medicaid, Social Security, or other legitimate businesses. Unfortunately, New Canaan is not immune to these scams. Over the years, some New Canaan seniors have suffered substantial financial losses.
In 2020, our Department investigated 54 fraud complaints, and some of these scams targeted seniors. This month, a resident contacted our Department to report receiving a call from an individual claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller requested that the resident provide a social security number, stating the resident’s social security number was frozen due to fraud. The fraudster said that he was transferring the call to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for further investigation.