New phone scam targeting seniors

Published 12:05 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has been notified by a Facebook follower of a phone scam seeming to target seniors in Hampton Roads.

According to Debbie Schwartz, director of development and community relations for Senior Services, the callers, all calling from a 757-641-exchange with rolling last four digits, identify themselves as “Senior Services,” and then try to entice innocent seniors to buy life insurance.

Senior Services of SEVA wants to alert the public about this latest scam targeting seniors and inform local seniors that Senior Services of SEVA does not sell life insurance and will never call anyone to try and sell them insurance or other product of any kind.

Senior Services has alerted local law enforcement agencies throughout Hampton Roads about the scam, and spoke to a detective at the Norfolk Police Department on Thursday morning, who advised that anyone receiving a call of this kind should hang up immediately on the caller, write down the caller’s phone number to share with law enforcement, and then notify their local police department’s consumer fraud unit.

Victims of cybercrime should file a complaint with the local FBI office or online at, offering whatever information they can.

Senior Services also wants to make people aware that Senior Services of SEVA offers fraud watch presentations out in the community on a regular basis. Any senior groups wanting to learn more about these presentations should call 461-9481.