The COVID pandemic has and continues to take both a physical and mental toll on senior citizens. In addition to being the most vulnerable to the virus and having to endure long isolation periods from family and friends, the pandemic has also brought with it a whole new variety of frauds targeting older adults.

As many industries must adapt to new trends to stay ahead of the game, so do scammers become more creative to con unsuspecting people looking for answers to problems online, on the phone or in person.

“Scammers stay on top of whatever is new such as the popularity of Zoom, COVID-19 vaccines and online shopping, and then move fast to create ploys that best fit the moment”, says Amy Nofziger, AARP’s Director of Fraud Victim Support.

Below are two of the recent trending frauds that are happening more frequently that not just seniors, but all adults should be aware of in 2021. Each fraud features a scenario of how the scam plays out, the scammer’s…

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