New Scam Targets Seniors

| May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities announces that a telephone scam is taking place under the name “Living Well Grant Funds.”

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, targeted persons receive a phone call asking them to complete a grant application, provide their cell phone number, and then wire money through Western Union. They are told that they will receive a call on their cell phone, notifying them when it is time to pick up their “grant” funds at Western Union. For example, targeted persons were told to wire $149 up front so they could later receive $6,520.

This scam has co-opted the name of a legitimate grant that state Agencies on Aging administer, sometimes referred to as “Living Well.” States have received grant

funds, but the grant has nothing to do with calling citizens or requesting money.

This scam should be reported to SMP (formerly Senior Medicare Patrol) office at the county Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464, to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office consumer hotline at 410-528-8662, or to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ .

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