KANSAS (WIBW) -- Better Business Bureau is joining in the efforts to end elder abuse.
The BBB, along with Western Union, is launching a program, "Scam Stopper," that will reduce the chances of consumers, especially seniors, becoming victims of scams.
The BBB said scammers use prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries to target seniors and their money. Another prevalent scam is saying a family member is in trouble and needs money, and will ask the person to send money immediately.
Tips to keep in mind:
Never use a money transer service to send money to someone you have never met in person.
Always verify emergency situations if someone says a family member or friend is in trouble. Ignore the callers urges to not tell anyone, and verify with the person that he/she is okay.
Never send funds received by check until it clears in your account.