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“Let’s Stop Talking to Robots”                                                BRIDGE BITES
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        By Dr.Sherry McCoy, PhD             such as Verizon, Sprint, and U.S.    Marketing Director, Vicki Campbell promotes Bridge Bites in the United States and
       Stop Senior Scams! Acting Program*   Cellular” states that during the first half  Canada. NBY! provides a way to reach the bridge players of Southern California.  It
                                            of 2018, robocall activity increased 15%  encourages participation in duplicate bridge. There are dozens of bridge clubs in the
                         Stop Senior        over the same time period from 2017.  area and they welcome players of every skill and experience level- many provide
                                                                                 lessons for newcomers to the game. Enjoy a engaging, stimulating game in a friendly
                                            NOTE — The TNS report is “based on
                       Scams from           data that flows through TNS’ network,  and social environment somewhere close by.
                       Happening            including more than 1 billion calls a day  Visit and search the Club Directory to find a group near you.
                                            from 200 million devices across hundreds
                                            of telecom service providers.”
                                              Per the Federal Trade Commission
                                            (FTC), robocalls are the #1 consumer
        Dr. Sherry McCoy, PhD – Stop Senior  complaint.  In 2017, the FTC received
       Scams ! Acting Program               4.5M robocall complaints.  In 2016, the
                                            count was 3.4M.
        Here we are in September 2020!        Stop Talking to Robots (3)
       Although September marks the end of    -The best way to stop talking to robots
       Summer and the beginning of Fall, it is  is to not answer the phone if you don’t
       still quite hot here in Southern California.  recognize the Caller ID.  Of course,
       Everyone is doing their best to stay cool at  scammers have the technology to alter or
       home, where we all spend a good deal of  “spoof” the Caller ID — meaning they
       time these days due to the coronavirus  can change the Caller ID to any number
       pandemic Stay-At-Home orders.        they wish, like “Social Security
       Meanwhile, “robocallers” are having a  Administration” or the “IRS.”  I recently
       field day taking advantage of the    received a robocall where my own cell
       situation! I don’t know about you, but I  phone # appeared as the Caller ID!
       find the intrusion of robocalls into my  -Sign up with the NATIONAL DO NOT
       daily life quite irritating. (Who wants to  CALL REGISTRY at https://
       talk to a robot anyway?) Recently, I was at
       my dentist’s office speaking with the  -Sign up for your Carrier’s Robocall
       office manager when her phone rang.  She  Alert Service to block robocalls from
       excused herself for a moment to take the  ringing on your phone.
       call.                                  -Download a robocall blocking app
        Ofc Manager — Hello … (pause) … No,  such as Nomorobo, Hiya, Mr. Number,
       and please take us off your list.  Goodbye.  RoboKiller, and YouMail.
        Me – Was that by chance a robocall?   -If you do answer a call from a robot,
        Ofc Manager – Yes, it was.          don’t give out any personal info.  Just
        Me – I thought so.  Interesting … I’m  hang up!
       writing an article for NOT BORN        Where to Report Scams
       YESTERDAY’s September issue on         If you receive a suspicious call, just
       robocall scams!                      hang up and call the U.S. Senate’s Special
        Ofc Manager – Well, you can certainly  Committee on Aging’s Fraud Hotline at
       use this example in your article!    1-855-303-0470. You may also report
        Me – I will do just that!           scams to the Federal Trade Commission
                                            at 877-382-4357 or https://
        So, the moral of the story is that not
       even dentists are exempt from robocalls!  #crnt&panel1-1.  If you have questions
        All kidding aside, scammers often   about Medicare fraud / abuse or believe
       target seniors using robocalls because —  you have been the victim of Medicare
       “Seniors usually have landlines (which are  fraud, please contact the Senior Medicare
       more susceptible to robocalls), they  Patrol (SMP) at 1-855-613-7080.  For more
       answer unknown numbers more often    info regarding California SMP, go to    Watch “Meet Me At The Veterans    money/retirement/scams-targeting-
       (not having grown up with caller ID) and  Contact the  Club,” released mid-July, which focuses  seniors/
       they have less experience with the world  Los Angeles County District Attorney’s  on scams that target veterans. https://  (2)
       of internet scams.”(1)  Robocalls are used  office online at        cro/robocalls/robocalls-and-scams-now-
       to target seniors with a wide variety of  or phone (213) 974-3512.         watch?v=Mf6wXO4pY3I&t=17s           one-third-of-all-calls-tns-report
       fraudulent schemes, such as Social Security  STOP SENIOR SCAMS ! ACTING      In early June, we released “Stop Senior  (3)
       Scams, Sweepstakes Scams, Medicare   PROGRAM is on YOUTUBE!                Scams Acting Program and Medicare   scams-fraud/fake-calls-from-social-
       Cancer Screening / DNA Testing Scams,  Although the Stop Senior Scams  !   Telehealth Fraud.” Watch it here —  security/
       etc.  Here are some disturbing statistics.  Acting Program (SSSAP) in-person
        -According to Your AAA Daily, 06/17/  performances are on hold during this  watch?v=DVlvmPwAa3I&t=40s           Dr. Sherry McCoy, PhD, is a freelance
       201                                  time of the coronavirus pandemic, we are  Please subscribe (free of charge) to the  writer & actor for the Stop Senior Scams  !
        -The Federal Communications         committed to continuing our education  SSSAP YouTube Channel and you’ll be  Acting Program (SSSAP) in Los Angeles.
       Commission (FCC) says robocalls      program through our videos on Zoom.   notified when new videos are released!  For more information, please contact
       increased 58.6% from 2017 to 2018.     We are happy to announce our most    Adrienne Omansky at
        -Per Consumer Reports 10/17/18 (2)  recent video, released mid-August, which  UCjFjb-WPPr8KAXq1dlu1EvA  Together  Follow SSSAP on
        -Robocalls and scams are now one-third  is an overview of some of the most  we can combat fraud!              Facebook at
       of ALL calls.                        prevalent scams that target seniors in the  Remember:  You may be a target, but  SSSAP2016/?fref=ts.
        -The “2018 Robocall Investigation   United States.  Watch “The Top Senior  you don’t have to be a victim!        Questions for the writer should be
       Report” by Transaction Network Services  Scams with the Stop Senior Scams Acting  (1) https://                 directed to “Dear Sherry” at Not Born
       (TNS) “which manages data networks for  Program” here —https://     Yesterday! P.O. Box 722, Brea, CA 92822
       telecommunications service providers
                                            watch?v=cp097g7hTUg&t=13s                                                 or
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