ATLANTA -- For seniors, especially those living alone, when the phone rings or you see an unfamiliar email, use caution, it could be a scam.

For example, if you get a call from the IRS, hang up: they never call And if you get an email with attachments or asking for personal information, delete it or log out at once because it could be a scam.

If you get a call or email that your electricity or gas is about to be cut off unless you pay right away it's probably a scam as well. And if you get a call or email that you just won the lottery: forget it because it's probably also a scam.

If the call or email claims that Medicare needs personal information to continue your coverage, hang up or log out because that's a scam.

And don't buy anything or make any donations on the phone. That, too, could be a scam just to get your personal financial information.

If you have any doubts whatsoever, just hang up or log out. And remember that even convincing pitches could be fake.


Further Information:

Georgia consumer protection: Top 10 scams targeting seniors
National Council on Aging: Top 10 financial scams targeting seniors
Baby Boomers beware: Financial fraud that targets seniors Fraud: 5 scams aimed at the elderly