The FBI released the below information:
The FBI joined federal partners and Attorney General William P. Barr today in announcing the results of a yearlong targeted effort to capture and prosecute fraudsters who prey on the elderly. Coordinated law enforcement actions in the past year, they said, resulted in criminal cases against more than 260 defendants who victimized more than 2 million Americans, most of them elderly. Losses are estimated to have exceeded more than $700 million.
The Websters were targeted in a Jamaican lottery scheme, one of a variety of scams designed to separate seniors from their money. Other common schemes include romance scams, which prey on lonely seniors, and technical-support scams, in which criminals call potential victims and trick them into providing remote access to their computers or devices.
Note: In the above photo, former FBI Director William Webster, along with his wife, Lynda, speaks during today’s elder fraud press conference at the Department of Justice. The Websters were targets of a fraud scheme in 2014 and helped the FBI capture the subject. Also appearing at the press conference were Attorney General William P. Barr (left) and FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.