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This one's typically directed at older adults who get "an unsolicited call from someone claiming to represent Microsoft or Windows tech support" who needs to help purge a virus that's been detected on their computer.The caller instructs the resident to access a website that unknowingly installs "malicious software” — computer programs able to steal user names and passwords or activate the computer's webcam and covertly spy on the victim. Hang up the phone, as Microsoft and its corporate partners don't make unrequested calls."A person will think that they they're talking to a local person based on the phone number that shows up on the caller ID, when actually the call doesn't even originate from within the United States." If residents turn over their financial or other personal information to those bad actors, Giordana said that "unfortunately, there's no way for us to track them.And there's no way for us to make them stop." in a statement about ways scam artists are targeting residents, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said, "The elderly, while targeted frequently by scam artists, are not the only victims of these imaginative and diabolic schemes." Along with SA6 — the Siskiyou Alliance Against Abuse of Aging and At-Risk Adults — the sheriff's office has these tips for people of any age to avoid being victimized.Drained by the federally designated Wild & Scenic Scott River, Scott Valley is steeped in history.At the time of the first contact with Europeans in the 1830s, the valley was occupied by the Scott Valley branch of the Shasta tribe of Native Americans.That's when callers claim the Social Security Administration is suspending a resident's Social Security account due to an alleged irregularity or misuse.
MORE CONSUMER NEWS: Teri Gabriel, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging serving Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties, called the scams highlighted by the sheriff's office "only a sampling of the many schemes perpetrated against seniors and dependent adults."Residents who suspect a scam should contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office dispatch number, 530-841-2900 or their local police department.
No one's going to call and say, 'send it to this shady address that's not the county courthouse.'" Andreas Fuhrmann/Record Searchlight Paula Holden, a liaison with Senior Medicare Patrol with the California Health Advocates, center, talks to people Tuesday at the Shasta County District Attorney's Office's Fraud Prevention event Tuesday at the Veterans Hall in downtown Redding.
Sometimes, she said, scammers reach residents on the phone after the call appears to be coming from someone with a local area code, so the resident lets down their guard and picks up the line.
That's another trick predators use, especially when targeting the elderly who might be less technologically-savvy and more trusting, officials said.
"Nowadays, telemarketers have the ability to disguise their phone number as a local number," even if it's not, said Giordana.
Deal directly with your local Social Security Administration office and report the call to your local law enforcement agency.