Scam Alerts

Scam Alert

Unfortunately, seniors are often the target of thieves and scams.

The methods of these scams vary: a victim ‘winning’ a fake contest, a victim’s own family member stealing the victim’s life-savings, or a victim’s personal information being stolen and used to get credit cards. The list of the types of scams circulated is far too long.

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To help combat this problem, the Senior Center Network has partnered with local government and law enforcement to participate in Scam Alert.  Registering for Scam Alert will keep you informed of current scams reported in our area. 
Phone call alerts will be prerecorded and originate from the Senior Center (231) 922-4911 phone number.  All phone calls will begin with the following message: "This is a pre-recorded Scam Alert Message from the Senior Center Network.  We are calling to alert you of a scam happening in our area."  Immediately following will be the details of the scam.  

If you would like to report a scam, it is best to contact your local law enforcement agency. 
Grand Traverse County Sheriff: (231) 995-5000             
Traverse City Police: (231) 995-5150
After Hours Central Dispatch: (231) 922-4550

Current Scams

Here is a listing of scam information that we have received from local law enforcement. Click each link for more information.

Beware of Social Security Phone Scams
Social Security Administration and its Inspector General Announce New Online Reporting Form for Imposter Scam Calls 

Federal Trade Commission Scam Alerts

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. One thing that never changes: they follow the headlines — and the money.

Stay a step ahead with the latest info and practical tips from the nation’s consumer protection agency. Get more information from the Federal Trade Commission to learn how you can protect yourself.

211 Can Help!

Get connected to the help you need…quickly, easily and confidentially.

When there’s a crisis, where do you turn? If it’s a life-threatening emergency, you call 911. But what if you can’t pay your electric bill? Or you need childcare? Or legal help? Now you call or text 211.

211 is the one number you call or text to get answers to life’s many challenges. And United Way makes it possible.

United Way has partnered with area organizations and companies who offer free or discounted social services to provide you a fast, easy way to get the specific help you need…as quickly as possible!