According to the National Council on Aging, these are the top three scams that seniors should be aware of in 2017:
Mass Mailing Fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that thousands of victims in the United States have been defrauded out of more than $18 million by a mass mailing scam. Seniors were targeted with personalized, official-looking letters claiming that they had won a cash prize, but processing fees needed to be paid in order for the money to be transferred. Such mailings are fraudulent, and responding to them increases the risk that the person will be targeted for future scams. If you or a loved one receives a fraudulent mailing, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP.