Members of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office had a simple but important message for members of Middle Township AARP Chapter #1182 at the Samuel DeVico Senior Center on March 12 — "Dispose of the prescription drugs you no longer use by taking them to the police or call them for pick up. Don't leave them in your medicine cabinet."
Otherwise, according to Lt. Joseph Landis, who heads the Narcotics Task Force, they might fall into the hands of young people and that could be dangerous, and potentially fatal, if the medications contain opiates. Among the pills most abused in the county are OxyContin, Roxicodone, Percocet, Viocodin, Fentanyl, Methadone, Xanas, Klonopin, Valium, Tylenol w/codine, Ritalin and Adderall.
The team also made available a small brochure titled "How Scam Artists Target Their Prey." And they made no bones about who are the primary victims of scammers — it is seniors.
The brochure provides insight into six of the most common scams that should be avoided, which include romance scams, health care scams, charity scams, investment scams, grandparents scams and home repair scams. All of them are appealing for one reason or another and, unfortunately, they work.
Under the heading "The Psychology Of A Con Job," the brochure notes that "Scammers know we want to feel secure, loved and valued. They know that the older we get, the more we need peace of mind. To provide it, some use sweet talk, promising a solution to a problem, money for our shrinking nest eggs, companionship for our lonely hearts, a chance to show we matter. Others harp on a problem that needs quick solving, perhaps with some warning about a potential danger. Their goal is to get you to not think rationally, to operate on an emotional level, to put you under their spell!"
Some of their come-ons include, "Congratulations, sir, we're sending you a free medical alert devise. Now you can relax about your safety," or "I know you love me, Grandma. Please send the money so I can get our of jail. I want to come home." Or some use the erosion of a senior's memory to claim "You forgot to pay me" or "We agreed on this price!"
Further information on scams and copies of the brochure are available by emailing email@example.com.