Today Susan Bivens shared her story to the Governor's Conference on Aging for the State of Montana. She lost nearly $240,000 to a scammer that had convinced her that they were law enforcement and other government agencies. The scariest part was the scammers could actually track her leaving her home with her cell phone.
Before you say it might not happen to you or a loved one, remember that Susan is a smart and intelligent and connected human. She was a nurse and served her community for years. She has a great family. The scammers convinced her that telling anyone would get her in trouble. They used fear to trap her.
Best rule, if someone is asking for money that you don't know: Tell a trusted friend and talk it through with them.
Don't get trapped by fear, remember you are not alone. Contact someone you trust or give us a call at Big Sky Senior Services if you fear you are a victim of abuse. 406-259-3111
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Big Sky Senior Services' program the Prevention of Elder Abuse seeks to provide information to prevent fraud and abuse for Seniors in our community. It is our belief that preventing abuse and fraud leads to independence and better health.