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Latinos in the US, the preferred target of scammers posing as grandchildren or romantic dates

40% of Hispanic adults in the United States they have been scammed at some time, many of them by criminals posing as their grandchildren in trouble or as people interested in an affair, according to a survey released by AARP, an organization dedicated to those over 50.

The criminals they go to the unconditional affection of their grandparents in search of money posing as their grandchildren, a public defender or a jailer who has them locked up, according to the study.

The modalities that follow are those scam that involve romance, public services, lottery and payment of the official stimulus for covid-19, detailed a non-profit organization.

The survey further showed that approximately two out of every five Latinos they had been the target of a scam and that 1 in 5 had lost money to these scams.

On the other hand, the organization noted that it is concerned that about 60% of Latino adults who lost money due to a scam was a victim more than once.

Lottery or employment related scams, such as fictitious work-from-home offers and false job advertisements, and with the lottery, they are also among the most common targeting Latinos.

“We discovered that Latino seniors who have been the victims of a scam they are less likely to report it“explained Karina Hertz, AARP spokesperson.

The survey, conducted among 1,103 Hispanics ages 18 and older, also revealed that the 58% of Latino adults You have not yet entered your phone number in the National “Do Not Call Me” Registry for telemarketing calls.

Call blocking

In that sense, the organization recommended registering in this free call registry and using a call blocking service.

According to the survey, fewer than two in five Latino adults report using an automated call blocking service on their cell phone or landline and more than half of Latino adults report using the same password or a similar password on all your accounts.

The report also detailed some encouraging habits that many Latinos use to avoid being scammed.

Among them, not participate in contests that offer prizes or gifts in exchange for personal information and not answering calls from unknown numbers.

In fact, only 1 in 10 Latino adults says that you always participate in prize or gift offers with your personal information.

57% also do not answer phone calls from someone they don’t know and 46% never disclose personal information to win a prize or gift, according to the survey “Consumer Fraud in America: The Latino Experience.

AARP, with more than 38 million members, He recalled that he has a Network against Fraud, which is a free service for all.

Avoid scams

Through updated information, it empowers consumers to can detect and avoid scams, and connects those who have been targeted with fraud with fraud helpline specialists who provide support and guidance on next steps.

He added that this network also advocates at the federal, state and local levels to establish policy changes that protect consumers and enforce laws.

“Being a victim of a scam can make a person feels helpless “, Hertz stressed.

He explained that the help line of the Anti-Fraud Network has volunteer specialists trained in fraud matters, who can help victims and their families determine what action to take after a scam.

The survey was carried out with virtual and telephone interviews between September 14 and October 2, 2020, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1% in the case of the samples of Latino participants.

Source: EFE

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