Lynchburg seniors seeing a rise in phone scams

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Senior citizens in Lynchburg can learn how they can protect themselves from phone scams.

A scam and fraud alert seminar is being held this Saturday at the public library on Memorial Avenue from 9-11 a.m.

Lynchburg police say that they’ve seen a big increase in the number of reported scam just in the past few months, specifically targeting seniors.

Police say seniors have been getting calls asking for gift cards or money orders. The exact conversations are different, but the caller might pretend to be the police asking for money, or they may pretend to be the person’s grandchild in need of help.

Lynchburg police say you should hang up and verify the request yourself.

“Call your grandchild, just double check that that’s really them and that they really do need money,” said Carrie Dungan, spokesperson for the Lynchburg Police Department. “The police will never call you and ask for money or call and say you need to bail somebody out of jail. So just things like that are some helpful tips to keep in mind.”

Another tip is to not pick up for a number you don’t recognize and to let it go to voicemail.

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