The AARP Fraud Watch Network and Volunteers of America have created a new, free program designed to address the emotional impact of being involved in fraud.
Even though victims of cyber crime don’t have any physical side effects, the experience can still be very traumatic. According to https://www.bbb.org/ExposedtoScams, people feel ashamed and embarrassed when they become victims and we need to get past that and help them through it.
About a month ago, CyberWyoming received a call from a Wyoming citizen about the Medicare card scam that has been spotted in Sheridan, Powell, Casper, and Laramie. This citizen was shaken because the caller had her address, phone number, age, full name, and other personal details. The caller was very agressive and had an answer for every question the Wyomingite posed. While the Wyoming citizen did not give out her social security or Medicare numbers, it was still a traumatic event.
In 2020, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Wyomingites reported losses of just over $5 million, and just over $3 million of that was reported by the 60+ age group. These are just reported losses, so the actual amounts are probably higher.
Thus, creating programs for cyber crime victims, like AARPs and VoA’s ReST (Resilience, Strength & Time) program is essential. The program features small groups whose members are led in discussion by trained peer facilitators and are confidential. The sessions are online and an hour long and scheduled nearly every day. Victims can join by computer, tablet or smartphone.
To sign up for a free facilitated peer-discussion group or to get more information about the ReST (Resilience, Strength & Time) program visit www.aarp.org/fraudsupport.