Grand Rapids hit with new fraudulent "Bank of America" scam
A retirement community in Grand Rapids reported today that new scam came through the mail to one of their senior residents. A letter was sent to the resident with a "Bank of America" logo, looking extremely official. The letter asked for the woman's late husband's information so they could "update her account". The letter asked for both date of birth and Social Security Number of the deceased spouse. Together, the staff from the retirement community and the resident called a 1-800 number for Bank of America to inquire if the letter was legitimate. Bank of America confirmed the letter was not legitimate and stated that Bank of America would never request such confidential information via mail. Please be advised that scammers are able to "cut and paste" official logos from Banks and other financial institutions to create fraudulent communications. If a person receives such a letter by mail or email, he / she should look up the bank's official 1-800 number and inquire to the validity of the correspondence.
Source - Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition