Emotions like fear and loneliness are at the center of other schemes, too. Freitas says the common scam on dating websites come from con artists who claim they got stuck out of the county and “all they need is a few thousand dollars and they can get back home back to you. Do not send money to anybody you do not know,” advises Freitas.
Scammers also use home improvement offers as a way to take seniors’ money. These photo are from Honolulu resident Colette Young, whose mother lost several thousand dollars some years ago to a very clever scammer who repaved her patio.