SOS monitors and improves the physical welfare of seniors living alone or disabled. The program is managed through a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and CrisisLink’s CareRing.
How It Works
- After registering for the free program, seniors receive regular contact from program volunteers, who are specially trained in active listening, suicide prevention and crisis response.
- CrisisLink makes daily phone calls to seniors to check on their physical and mental wellness.
- The Sheriff’s Office provides in-person safety checks and other assistance as needed to ensure the safety of participants.
Sheriff’s Office: 703-228-4460 or CrisisLink: 703-516-6764
SOS Plus: Preventing Crime Against Seniors
SOS Plus educates seniors about the potential for crime and how to avoid becoming a victim.
For more information, call the Sheriff’s Office and review the tips below.
10 Common Scams
- Unnecessary or Overpriced Home Repairs, including driveway paving, landscaping, roof repairs, house painting, window replacement, pest control (including alleged snake infestation) or mortgage refinancing to pay for repairs.
- Health Claims that promise “cures.”
- Estate Planning: Always consult an attorney before signing any contract regarding an investment or will.
- Extra Income Offers: These money-making ‘opportunities’ often require you to make an initial investment. Don’t.
- Unordered Merchandise: Legally, you’re not responsible for paying for merchandise you did not order.
- Door-to-Door Sales: Do not open your door to a stranger.
- Dream Homes: Beware of offers for a dream retirement property. Consult your attorney and a reputable realtor before signing any contract.
- Bank and Credit Card Offers: Never release your account numbers or withdraw sums of money.
- Travel: If you’re told you have won a prize and need to send money to claim it, ignore.
- Automobiles: Beware of unnecessary repairs. Always get a second opinion.
Ways to Stop Fraud
- Hang up. Established businesses generally do not solicit by telephone. If you’re interested in what a solicitor is offering, ask for information by mail. Never give out personal information, such as credit card numbers, bank account information, social security number, driver’s license number or mother’s maiden name over the telephone.
- Tear it up. Mail offers for credit cards may contain your personal information. If you’re not interested in the offer, tear the piece of mail into small pieces or run it through a shredder before discarding. These mailings may also include blank checks bearing account information. Tear them up as well, so that dumpster divers cannot steal your identity.
- Do not open the door: Con artists and criminals go door to door attempting to solicit money under false pretenses, particularly from seniors. Never open the door for strangers. If a visitor is persistent, call the police at 703-558-2222. For emergencies, call 911. If someone claims to have an emergency and asks to use your phone, do not let him or her in the house. Offer to call the police for them. Talk to all strangers through a closed door.