Montluçon (Allier) police give advice to seniors to escape the upsurge in scams

“This prevention can benefit many more people if you communicate it to your relatives”, immediately launches one of the police officers in front of a handful of seniors, this Tuesday, November 23, in Montluçon (Allier).

This Tuesday, November 23 morning, the police informed and warned seniors of the potential scams of which they could be victims, in particular on the internet and by bank payments.

“They have grown by 50% over the past two years. “

Laurent Garceau (Police Commissioner)

One of them is the false judicial summons received by email and the false emails. “First, if you must be summoned, it is the police in your area who will contact you by phone or in writing, never by email”, explains the police.

“Take a step back”

Then, beware of emails where it is requested to access the internet, check the sender’s address and spelling errors. If it all comes together, it probably is a scam.

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“You can also contact us when you have any doubts,” they point out, recalling that seniors are more affected by these scams because of their “illectronism”, in other words their difficulty in using digital tools.

Thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars lost

Romance scams also take their toll. “With us, we have people who have lost thousands, even tens of thousands of euros in this way,” assures the commissioner.

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Most often, it is profiles with enticing photos on social networks who contact individuals. Once the relationship of trust is established, which can take days and even months, these ill-intentioned people will seek financial assistance.

“Those who are victims of this tend not to talk about it because they are ashamed. And at the same time, they want to believe it when they have already given a lot. This is why it is important to take a step back, not to hesitate to talk about it and not to trust someone you have never seen. “

For scams linked to bank payments, the first precaution is to make sure “that you are on the right site, because the identical or almost identical copy is more and more widespread”. It is recommended to use a single digital bank card with a blocked sum corresponding to the purchase made.

At ATMs, the bank card can be swallowed for forgery and individuals can see your secret code. “So, favor your coming during the opening hours of the bank and wait or postpone your withdrawal if you find a suspicious person. ”

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