Grimes: Sequim seniors, beware of scams!

Seniors beware: Swindlers and scam artists are out to get you!

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:21pm
  • Opinion

Seniors beware: Swindlers and scam artists are out to get you!

Most everyone has heard about someone receiving a telephone call from a party in Africa telling them they have come into a small fortune and all they have to do to collect this money is to send them a small amount of money for various government fees and the small fortune will be sent to them.

But did you know that seniors receive telephone calls from parties claiming to be from the courthouse, police department, IRS, state lottery, Reader’s Digest and others, all claiming that to avoid some misfortune or to obtain a small fortune all they have to do is send the party a smaller amount of money?

Why do seniors get targeted by these swindlers and scam artists? The emotions they count on are fear, greed and a sense of duty.

And when the senior individual figures out that he or she has been taken advantage of, the crime in a lot of cases goes unreported out of shame and guilt.

An additional problem seniors have is that many live alone and when they receive a telephone call asking for money or personal identification information, they have no one at home to talk the situation over with. The individuals who make these calls are very sophisticated in their approach.

Each year over 25 million Americans fall victim to these swindlers and scam artists.

The thing to do when you receive one of these telephone calls is either hang up or take written notes of the conversation and before taking any action discuss the call with someone you know and trust or the police department.

Michael Grimes is a CPA and Sequim resident.


More in Opinion

Guest opinion: Charlie Brown and the teacher’s union

We’ve all seen the episodes of “Peanuts,” as Lucy holds the football… Continue reading

From the Back Nine: The kiss

After months of politics and COVID, I decided to tackle another equally… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Think About It: Possible word choice error

“Possible word choice error” is the kindest report my computer provides me.… Continue reading

Reporter’s Notebook: First time for everything

On a recent excursion around town for the Sequim Sunshine Festival, my… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Common sense gun control

A Google search for the definition of “common sense” yields the following:… Continue reading

Crystal Linn
Aging Successfully: Leaving legacies

Recently while sharing with a friend that my next column would be… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Think About It: Word roulette

I like to think of this column as a PSA — Public… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Legislators should balance manufacturing jobs with climate efforts

Editor’s note: Senate Bill 5126 was scheduled for an executive session hearing… Continue reading

Guest opinion: John Wayne, more than a marina

In his 1904 novel “Of Cabbages and Kings,” O. Henry introduced the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Time for us to take role in finding missing persons

In recent issues of a newsletter I produce about Sequim City Council… Continue reading

Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.
Guest opinion: Surging state revenue should quell talk of raising taxes

As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session… Continue reading

Water column: April fools?

For anyone who loves snow in the mountains, the data say it’s… Continue reading