They seek out these people who live on their own and are elderly. They know the difficulty that people in that age bracket often have in deciding what is reasonable and real. I chewed out the @$$hole who has been scamming my grandma this morning. I said to him that he was evil for preying on elderly people and taking advantage of them. . .his response "so what"! I was stunned, so as screamed WHAT!!? And he repeated it for me. That should tell anyone that these people don't deserve to live. My poor grandma heard the conversation, and afterward, we were talking about what to do when he calls back. She said to me that there are winners listed on the mailings that she gets. Then she explained to me that she wouldn't send anymore money to them because she doesn't need to get her check for 9 million dollars, what would she do with that much money? She clearly doesn't understand that it just is not real. I have explained it every which way, so have my mom and aunts, she has diminished capacity and insists on living in her home, which is paid for, and we cannot find someone to stay with her that we can afford. None of us can do it because of other responsibilities. We take turns going in everyday to make sure that she is okay and has eaten or to feed her, but she has several hours during the day to read junk mail and respond if we don't catch something. She brought me 5 pieces of the same thing from this company. . .two different zip codes (Kansas City MO and Las Vegas NV). Each only asked for between 9 and 12 dollars, but it totalled $50, THAT DAY. There is no telling how many of them she gets in a month. She forgets how long it's been since she sent them money, so she sends more. She has had to change her bank accounts. Recently, the loser that keeps calling, told her to secretly go to the bank and take out $400 and go back to the house, and not to tell anyone because she might get mugged. He said that someone would be coming to get the money at her house!!! Well, thank God she called my aunt and told her that she needed her to come immediately to talk to her about money. When T got there Grandma told her the story, and guess who called. But that didn't stop him. He called this morning while I was there! Well, I threatened him with the police and tracing the call, and lawyers. He laughed at me and wasn't even a little concerned. THEY ARE NOT IN THIS COUNTRY! THEY DO NOT FEAR OUR POLICE! He likely has accomplices to pick up large sums of money from people who they get scammed to that point, but they do not fear retaliation, and the only reason for that would be that they are not even in this country. I cussed him a blue streak, but he didn't care. . .he just fired back. And he called back when I hung up on him. I told him several (like 20) times not to call back, but he did. I told him that he wasn't getting another &*$%#@ dime from my grandmother and that someone was with her in the home everyday to see to it. . .then he didn't call back TODAY. We'll see what tomorrow holds. He will probably wait for a week (giving her an opportunity to forget) and then call again.
Check Spokeo.com to see what information is floating out there about your loved ones. I checked Grandma and found that it gave her name, phone number, address, her age, the value of her home and THAT SHE LIVES ALONE. That was all that they needed to set her up. So far, most of the complaints that I have seen (google) are centered around people in their 90's living alone. Spokeo.com is how they find them. My grandmother has NEVER touched a computer. The information comes from many sources and Spokeo.com is irresponsible about making that information public.