(WBRE/WYOU-TV) In his first press conference, Attorney General William Barr announced a record elder fraud crackdown.
The Attorney General says criminals are increasingly using technology to scam senior. Washington Correspondent Alexandra Limon reports the justice department says everyone needs to help stop the criminals
Elder fraud is a massive and growing problem according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. “And it’s despicable because the people involved are vulnerable and because of their stage in life they don’t have the opportunity to recover scams targeting seniors are so so widespread that William Webster, a former FBI, and CIA Director, and his wife Lynda were targeted. Scammers called the Websters claiming they’d won the lottery but needed to pay 50 thousand dollars in taxes first.
And they wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“When I got on the phone he basically said that he was going to kill me” Lynda Webster explained. The Websters got the FBI involved.
“Older people are uncertain about taking these matters in their own hands, wish it were true that they were winning money” Said William Webster
Tech support scams are the biggest problem according to the DOJ. Scammers pretend to work for companies like Microsoft or Apple and convince seniors to spend large amounts of money to fix their computers.
Attorney General Barr held a round table with tech company executives about this problem. The DOJ says it’s working hard to stop these criminals announcing a crackdown ..
Officials want younger people to keep an eye on seniors who may be victimized they say seniors should just hang up if they get unsolicited calls. And everyone should report suspicious activity.