These fraud alerts are issued by the York County Elder Abuse Task Force.
Educating seniors about financial fraud is a top priority of the York County Elder Abuse Task Force. With that in mind, we want every senior in York County to remember the 3 Rs: Recognize a potential scam; Refuse to make any hasty decisions; and Report suspicious activity to police.
Stay safe and feel free to contact Area Agency at 717 771 9610 or the District Attorney’s Office 717-771-9600 with any questions.
Scam-Proof Your Doorstep
Nowadays, you can encounter a scam artist just about anywhere online, over the phone and even at your door. Here are a few ruses that might come a’ knocking, and tips to avoid getting taken:
Home repair scams
Someone offers to do yardwork or make repairs in or around your home. You want to save money and really need the work done so you give it a shot. He or she takes a cash payment from you upfront… and never returns. Someone stops by and tells you they just finished a job in your neighborhood and have left over materials that they will use on your house at a tremendous discount. You pay upfront and they make off with your hard earned cash.
Money is tight and everyone is looking for ways to save a few bucks. Someone shows up at your door claiming to be from your utility company saying they can save you money on your next bill if you just show them your statement. They are not trying to save you money, they are taking your account number and other important information off your statement.
Protect your money and property by following a few tips:
Don’t let anyone come into your home unless you have a prescheduled appointment. You have the right to refuse to open your own door.
Don’t pay cash to anyone who comes to your home.
COVID opened the door for scammers to double down on their worst practices, while preying on consumers during an unprecedented global pandemic. That include scammers who have been taking advantage of online shoppers in search of hard-to-find items like face masks and other personal protective equipment.
The Federal Trade Commission have filed numerous complaints against these sites stating that they have failed to deliver advertised PPE on time, didn’t tell customers about shipping delays, offer order cancellations, or give refunds, and even in some instances, scammers have sent customers cloth masks that did not have the protective qualities promised with the N95 mask.
- When you shop online, sellers are supposed to ship your order within the time stated in their ads, or within 30 days if the ads don’t give a time. If a seller can’t ship within the promised time, it has to give you a revised shipping date, with the chance to either cancel your order for a full refund or accept the new shipping date.
- Check out the company or product. Search online for the name plus terms like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” See what other people say about it. Read the seller's description of the product carefully.
- Look at the terms of the sale. Make note of the total price, including taxes, shipping, and handling; the expected delivery date; and policies for refunds, including who pays for return shipping and if there is a restocking fee.