How to help your aging parents avoid rip offs currently making the rounds

Taking Action for Your Parents

Those doing door to door sales often hit the streets without a permit.  In some cases, we've found criminal backgrounds on the men who target senior communities all over Tampa bay.

It is just one of the latest of rip-offs aimed at our retired residents. Retired attorney Art Smith advocates for seniors through the Seniors Versus Crime Sun City Center office.

The office has fielded 300 consumer complaints, involving senior scams, this year alone.

Right now phone call rip-offs, door-to-door sales where people promise to do the work but don't deliver and vacation sales programs are currently making the rounds.

Senior advocates echo each other when it comes to advice:

  • Never say yes to a stranger.
  • Take time to check the background of a company
  • Check for a license or permit.

Some of our veterans have been hit with sales pitches from financial planners who promise to get them more benefits.

Kevin Arquette with Harwood Financial said to always question the source, especially when it comes to those selling questionable financial tools.

Here is the site for Seniors vs Crime: 

It will show you contact information in your county: