Cook County Sheriff's Office
1401 S. Maybrook Drive, Maywood, IL 60153
Services include: Free emergency 9-1-1 cell phones as well as crime prevention and senior citizen safety information
What does your agency enjoy most about participating in our Annual Health & Wellness Expo?
Talking to the attendees, one on one, about their personal experiences with phone scams and other frauds they face each day.
What is a health/wellness tip you would provide to participants related to your agency?
Many of the scams that seniors already know about; the grandparent scam, ruse burglaries and imposter scams, now have a “COVID-19 twist“. The criminals are taking advantage of everyone's concern about the current worldwide pandemic.
In one recent scam, the criminals used fear of the virus to gain access to a senior's home to “check the water for COVID-19.“
While inside the home, the "water tester" distracted the home owner, while their partner in crime stole valuables from a bedroom. Scammers are also reaching out over the phone, through texts and via emails, offering quick, easy and inexpensive medications and testing kits for COVID-19. In this situation the criminals will ask the victim to provide their personal information, by giving a stranger your name, address, date of birth, social security number, medicare number, you are opening yourself up to identity theft.