Ohio’s elderly targeted for financial fraud during pandemic | Local Business


COLUMBUS — Nearly 25% of Ohio’s total population is age 60 or older and many of them have been especially vulnerable during the pandemic to financial fraud and scammers.

During Older Americans Month, Sheryl Maxfield, director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, is urging Ohioans to help keep older adults financially safe.

“Ohio has nearly three million residents age 60 or older,” said Maxfield. “Social isolation from family, caregivers and other support networks, especially since the pandemic started, means unscrupulous criminals are targeting older Ohioans to steal their hard-earned money.”

Some examples of potential scams include:

• Phishing emails and unsolicited texts or phone calls asking for banking, credit card or other financial information.

• Fraudsters trying to get older adults to convert retirement…

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