"These people are masters at manipulative techniques. They prey on the emotional status of people who want to help their family and others," said Jeff.
In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15, 2016), Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today released a "Just Hang Up!" campaign to educate Oregonians about imposter scams and fraudulent phone calls.
To launch the campaign, the Oregon Department of Justice will distribute hundreds of posters to retirement centers and state agencies throughout Oregon. The poster includes six tips on when you should “Just Hang Up!” These include if the caller:
- Asks you to wire money or buy a prepaid card;
- Says you have won a prize or a gift but you need to pay fees or taxes first;
- Asks you to visit websites or download software;
- Asks for usernames, passwords, account numbers, or your home address;
- Says the offer is only good for today; or asks you to keep the call a secret.
If you have fallen victim to a fraud or a scam, please contact the Oregon Attorney General’s Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or online at www.oregonconsumer.gov.
Kristina Edmunson, Department of Justice, [email protected], 503-378-6002