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Old 08-28-2014, 11:04 AM
 
Location: USA
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My 72 year old friend just got scammed from a place called Prime Technologies. They offer computer support via telephone. Luckily, she told me about them and the suspicious call asking to take control of her computer to clean up a Trojan virus for the price of a 2 year "service warranty agreement" for $329.00. I had her call the bank and the bank closed that account before any money removed. She got lucky.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Thanks Meemur for mentioning that nanny program, I will have to check that out.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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My 72 year old friend just got scammed from a place called Prime Technologies. They offer computer support via telephone. Luckily, she told me about them and the suspicious call asking to take control of her computer to clean up a Trojan virus for the price of a 2 year "service warranty agreement" for $329.00. I had her call the bank and the bank closed that account before any money removed. She got lucky.
Good on ya!!!! Bless you for looking out for her!
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Thanks Meemur for mentioning that nanny program, I will have to check that out.
Heh.
FBI virus ... look out!
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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The KS Attorney General keeps people informed about the different scams here: In Your Corner Kansas -- Attorney General Derek Schmidt and I am guessing other states do the same. We have a LOT of elderly people here and the ones that are lonely tend to be an easy target.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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not just directed towards seniors but we need to let folks know about this.

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Old 09-12-2014, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Sometimes you don't find out till it's too late. One of my best friend's mom died and I went with her to start cleaning out the apartment. Mom lived in Branson and had always turned down the offers of help from her kids because she went to a great church that had tons of services available to help their seniors. She always made it quite clear that she wanted to remain independent.

Well, it was a 2br apartment and no one had ever been in that second bedroom till Mom got really ill. It was stacked to the ceiling full of Bibles, sermons in print and on tapes. Her 'church' had sold her over 50K worth of junk that had been sitting in that bedroom for years. Most of it had never been opened.

Mom wasn't rich. She had been doing without to give money to this 'church'. And the 50K worth of junk in the bedroom was on TOP of her tithing. And believe it or not....the church came by to see if she had left them any money. Not just no, but HELL no! All they left with was a piece of my mind!
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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good. Churches can be the absolute worst culprits of all. Pat Robertson is notorious for telling seniors they should sell their furniture and other possessions and mortgage their homes in order to keep giving to the church and more specifically to his "church". It's plum criminal how these people treat vulnerable and naive folks.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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<snip> But the kicker came when she was still living on her own. One day I went to visit her and she met me at the door with a termination notice for all her utilities. Up till then she had never talked to me about money. I asked to look at her check book and she statements and she had $35,000 in her checking account! "I had a CD come due and I didn't know what to do with it".
My father has over $500,000 in one checking account and $140,000 in another. Similar situation as your mother except my sister is handling the monthly bills and my father is extraordinarily stubborn.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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You need to explain to him how his money is over the limit the FDIC insures from loss. He's being extremely careless. Dementia? That's what was going on with my mother. If somebody has POA, and somebody surely should at this point, they need to get that money at least in savings or invested very carefully. Who knows how long he will live and need care?
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