Scams directed at senior citizens surface in Ohio, Pa.
Both Ohio and Pennsylvania are reporting scams directed at senior citizens.
Recent reports have surfaced in southern Ohio that people are posing as workers from Area Agency on Aging and trying to solicit information door-to-door.
The local Area Agency on Aging urges the public — especially older adults — not to allow anyone posing as an agency representative into the house, or to provide personal or medical information to any solicitor.
The Area Agency on Aging does not make unannounced visits. These visits are always scheduled through the local agency’s main office.
Agency staff members carry and display photo identification that has an agency logo on the front and an authorizing signature on the back.
Anyone approached by someone who says they are representing the Area Agency on Aging should notify police and then call 330-505-2300.
And in Pennsylvania, state Sen. Robert Robbins of Greenville, R-50th, is alerting residents that no charge is required to file a state property tax and rent-rebate form and that any companies offering to submit the forms for a fee are a scam.
A group calling itself the “Senior Advisory Center,” with an address in a Harrisburg P.O. box, is mailing seniors, offering to complete the forms for $39. There is no fee for this service.
Local Agencies on Aging and other groups serving seniors are available to prepare these forms at no cost.
Those eligible for the property tax and rent rebate include claimants or spouses 65 or older; widows or widowers 50 or older; or the permanently disabled 18 or older. Income eligibility is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, excluding half of Social Security income. The maximum standard rebate is $650.
For official information regarding the rebate program, always go to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at www.revenue.state.pa.us.