August 13, 2022

Frank Fucci, a resident of Lisbon Falls, said his 83-year-old father receives an average of 50 scam calls every day. He most often ends up sharing his personal information, sometimes even his social security number.

“He is old-fashioned and does not believe these phone calls are fake, so he keeps answering them,” said Fucci. “He doesn’t understand how the internet works today. It finally took me three years to make my parents understand not to answer these calls or share any information.”

A few years ago, his mother received a fake insurance company call where she was scammed by someone offering her an insurance plan that didn’t exist, added Fucci. “She accepted the offer, and from the following month, she was paying $1,000 out of her pocket,” said Fucci. “I do all the insurance for them, and I had to call the social security office and get the money back.”

To prevent such scams from harming others like Fucci’s parents, the Lisbon Police Department is conducting training sessions to educate them on how to identify fake calls and scams. The next training session will be held in January at Lisbon’s MTM Center. However, the program’s schedule is not finalized yet.

The department officials are also handing out small booklets containing information on identity theft.

Fucci said his parents were victims of an identity theft where $3,000 unauthorized transactions took place from their bank account. However, Fucci, said they could get the money back…

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