VSP look to protect elderly citizens on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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Virginia State Police (VSP) are offering advice to protect elderly Virginians against scams.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

VSP remind citizens that no legitimate company will ever ask for payment in the form of gift cards or for cash to be mailed or wired.

You are reminded to independently verify before you reply.

When receiving a call or email thank them for contacting you take the name and number then independently communicate with the company, they say they represent to verify the legitimacy of the information.

Another tip is to secure a buddy system in which you find someone trusted to contact about a call, request, or deal.

This follows the recent loss of a Virginian’s life savings in a recent scam.

A link for additional safety tips from VSP is found here.

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