We spoke to a man today who wishes to remain anonymous who was the victim of a fraud. He says a hacker from India stole nearly $2,000 from his bank account last year.
He says the process to recovery took several months, but that his money has been returned to his account.
He advises fellow senior citizens to watch their bank accounts, especially at the beginning of the month when social security and retirement checks come in.
We also spoke with David Zimmer, president of Erie Bank, and he says there are many reasons why people scam senior citizens. He says people should be skeptical of any phone calls from "grandchildren" who need money to be bailed out of jail. Zimmer says that's a common scam people use on senior citizens.
If you do get a strange phone call that doesn't seem right, Zimmer says to take down his/her name and phone number, and definitely do not give out your social security number, credit card number, or name and address.To further educate the senior citizen community, NiagaraVillage will host a Senior Fraud seminar on March 8, at 2 pm. The Millcreek Police Department will be there.