The grandparent scam is so simple and so devious because it uses one of older adults’ most reliable assets, their hearts. Scammers will place a call to an older person and when the mark picks up, they will say something along the lines of “Hi grandma, do you know who this is?”
May 21, 6:39 a.m.
Sweepstakes and lottery scams are simple and one that many people are familiar with. They capitalize on the notion that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Here, scammers inform their mark they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize.
May 14, 9:21 a.m.
Boulder City Police Chief Tim Shea, right, swears in new city marshal Michael Krause on Monday at City Hall. Krause retired as a detective from the Dearborn Heights Police Department in Michigan. He will be working at the municipal courthouse and City Hall, as well as at other city events.
There has been a significant uptick in fraud telephone calls from people claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. In them, unknown callers threaten victims that they face arrest or other legal action if they fail to call a provided phone number or press the number indicated in the message to address the issue.
May 7, 1:35 p.m.
Scammers like to take advantage of the fact that many people above a certain age own their homes, thereby providing a valuable asset that increases the potential dollar value of certain scams.
April 30, 4:35 a.m.
Seniors who live alone in their own homes are cautioned to be wary of “woodchucks” or fake home contractors who gain their confidence and then charge huge amounts of money for unnecessary work.
April 23, 3:03 a.m.
Boulder City Police Department will be joining with officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Metropolitan Police Department to increase patrols Friday through Sunday, April 27-29, on U.S. Highway 95 between Interstate 11 and Searchlight.
Did you know that Boulder City Hospital cannot accept sharps or medications for disposal? Safe disposal of these items is very important for the safety of the community and the environment.
Here are a few unusual rip-off variations you may not be familiar with:
April 16, 3:47 p.m.