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Scam targets Fort Bend County senior citizens

What if you’re a senior citizen and you were approached by someone at your door saying she was a financial planner with the Area Agency on Aging wanting to provide you with computer software to help manage your finances? Many of us have heard of the Area Agency on Aging and even some of us have made contact with their representatives.

But, this is a false claim being tried on seniors with one such case already reported to authorities in Fort Bend County. For that reason, older residents are being warned about a scam involving a person falsely claiming to represent the Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging to provide what at this point is being called financial planning servicers for senior citizens. This is a scam targeting elderly residents in an attempt to access financial information.

The Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging does not contract with financial planners.

Recently, a woman is reported to have ended up with multiple, unauthorized charges on a credit card. It all started with a knock on the door of the home of the elderly lady, who lives in Greatwood. She was told by someone who called herself Cathy that she was a financial planner with the Area Agency on Aging, only she didn’t have any identification or written material. The senior allowed her in the house after she was told that software was needed to be uploaded on her computer for managing finances. The older person allowed Cathy to use the computer with the resultant credit fraudulent consequences.

The elder’s daughters were told of the incident and they closed bank and credit card accounts immediately and contacted the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s department, which told them there has been a lot of similar activity in the area.

Persons are reminded to be vigilant of this type of activity and asked that they not allow uninvited, unknown persons into their homes.

The Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging is responsible for managing Older Americans Act (OAA) and other state funded programs which includes home-delivered meals, homemaker or housekeeping services, transportation, respite care, information and assistance, legal/benefits counseling, case management, personal care, emergency response, residential repair, nutrition education, ombudsman advocacy, and elder abuse awareness. It has a website with information about programs and services in the Houston-Galveston area.

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