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Protection & Security

We are committed to educating our community members about scams targeting seniors in Santa Clara County; as well as providing up-to-date information offering protection against such scams. This page offers timely data about scams reported, steps to take when targeted, and how to avoid these scams. Guidance is made available as scams are identified.

Receive updates on identified scams targeting seniors by visiting the national database: fraud.org.

Protect Yourself from Counterfeit Medications

America’s healthcare costs are skyrocketing, and many Americans look for ways to save, including turning to online pharmacies for cheaper prescription drugs. While there are legitimate online pharmacies, many can be fraudulent. In one situation, the online pharmacy...

A Beneficial Guide on Internet Safety for Seniors

Every year, seniors are scammed out of tens of billions of dollars. The money they’ve spent their entire lives saving may be at risk of being stolen. The elderly community has always been a prime target for online scammers mainly because of a perceived vulnerability,...

Be Alert for “Medicare Genetic Testing Scam”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is warning the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for...

Report Phantom Debt Collectors

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Global Asset Financial Services Group (GAFS) and fifteen related defendants for operating a fake debt collection scheme. The FTC’s complaint says that GAFS employees claimed to be lawyers or affiliated...

FTC Warns of Fake Social Security Scam Calls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who are trying to obtain your Social Security number (SSN) and even take your money. Scam Scenario 0ne: In one version of the scam, the...

Avoid Frequent Scams

Each year, the National Consumers League (NCL) compiles all complaints into an annual Top Ten Scams Report to identify emerging threats – like scammers demanding payment via gift cards – that aid in alerting consumers, companies, and the government about growing...