Sometimes a phone call is just too good to be true

Column about scams against seniors and how civil legal aid is trying to protect them.
News Story (Minnesota)

Jon Tevlin
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
June 14, 2015
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Tags: Consumer Protection, Seniors

Organizations mentioned/involved: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid


Duffey is not alone. According to the Wall Street Journal, Americans — mostly seniors — have lost more than $1 billion in the scam. The callers can be very persuasive, alternating between charm and hostility to persuade seniors to do what they want. A study by the University of Iowa found that the reason so many seniors fall for scams is physiological: an area of the brain that controls belief and doubt deteriorates as we age.