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 intentions and how to avoid becoming a victim of the ploy.
1. Zoom Phishing Emails
Scammers registered thousands of fake Zoom-related internet domains in the early stages of the pandemic. This was so that they could send out emails that look like they’re from the popular videoconferencing website, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
The scheme: “You receive an email, text or social media message with the Zoom logo, telling you to click on a link because your account is suspended or you missed a meeting,” says Katherine Hutt, national spokesperson for the BBB. “Clicking can allow criminals to download malicious software onto your computer, access your personal information to use for identity theft search for passwords to hack into your other accounts.”
How to avoid: “Never click on links in unsolicited emails, texts or social media messages”, Hutt says. If you think there is a problem with your account, visit Zoom’s real website at Zoom.
Arrest warrant issued against NYS scandal suspect
Editor Review;Ngirita is facing four counts of failing to pay taxes.
The businesswoman is accused of failing to pay taxes amounting to the aforementioned amount between December 2016 and December 27.
This is the second time an arrest warrant is being issued against Ngirita who is facing four counts of failure to submit a tax return and failure to pay tax.
She further claimed that all this stemmed from the fact that the boy could no longer attend Pembroke School due to an outstanding KSh 3.4 million debt.
She went on to plead with President Uhuru Kenyatta to step in and help her family out, which she felt was made to bear the heaviest brunt of the NYS corruption scandal.
“I want the President to know that we are being persecuted. My family has been through a lot. Even if I am a suspect, we have been persecuted for two years.
I used to work and all my money is stuck at NYS. I’d rather die or be thrown in jail than go through this
Radio Jambo presenter pleads for Ksh 4.3m financial help
The veteran sports presenter at the Radio Africa-based station is seeking to raise funds to facilitate a kidney transplant in Turkey.
According to a notice shared on social media, Kuria’s family is on a financial drive to raise Ksh4.3 million.
According to Toldo’s colleague, Fred Arocho, the radio presenter has been unwell for some time and needs specialized treatment.
“My brother and colleague at Radio Jambo, Toldo Kuria (Mzee Toldo), has been unwell for some time,” Arocho confirmed.
“Mzee Toldo, our son, father, brother, and friend was recently diagnosed with kidney failure and requires an urgent kidney transplant.
This will be undertaken in Turkey and the total cost of the operation is Ksh4.3 million.
“My good friend and football commentator Toldo Kuria is unwell and in dire need of your prayers and financial support. Any amount will be appreciated,” Radull wrote.
Senator Mithika Linturi granted sh2m bail
The Nakuru magistrates court has granted Meru Senator Mithika Linturi a sh 2million cash bail or sh5 million conditional bond over alleged incitement remarks at a rally this past weekend.
Linturi is expected to report to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Kiambu County weekly.
The High Court in Nakuru has also ordered the Meru Senator not to contact or intimidate any witnesses in the case either by proxy or personally.
“His free speech rights are limited that he should not make any comments on the case under investigation,” Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloti ruled Tuesday.
Linturi is facing charges of alleged incitement remarks he made during Deputy President William Ruto’s rally in Eldoret on Saturday.
He was arrested on Sunday morning in Eldoret and driven to Nakuru before being taken to the DCI offices in Nairobi.
He was later returned to Kaptembwo Police Station where he spent the night.
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