April Scam: Can You Hear Me?

Can you Hear Me

“Can you hear me?”

DO NOT respond instead hang up the phone. This is a new scam circling the country, one that only requires you to say “YES.”

The FCC has warned that if you receive a call with this question, disconnect the call immediately. Your response is recorded and later used as a voice signature to make charges to your credit card or bank accounts via the telephone.

According to the complaints the FCC has received, the callers may impersonate familiar companies or organizations to get you to answer and talk. If you have already received a call like this, make sure you check your financial accounts and bills to look for unauthorized charges. In addition, you can report the call to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker and the FCC Consumer Help Center.

Every month, 2.4 billion people are harassed by robocalls.  The FCC voted last month to begin a rulemaking process to eliminate robocalls. Until then, use the steps below to protect yourself.

FCC Robocall Tips

  1. Do not answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail
  2. Hang up if a caller asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls. It’s often a recording. Scammers often use that tactic to identify and target live respondents.
  3. If you do answer a call that winds up being a scam, write the number down and add that to your FCC complaint.
  4. Ask your telephone company if it has a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/, for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
  5. Register all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry at 1-888-382-1222 or at https://www.donotcall.gov/

Sources: USA Today and ABC News

Public comment re: SeniorTrust funds

home4Public comment re: SeniorTrust funds

The Davidson County Chancery Court is seeking public comments and suggestions on nonprofit organizations in Tennessee which serve the elderly. Ultimately, these comments will be used to start a funding process for the statewide distribution of charitable funds to nonprofits & programs in TN serving elderly (from legal settlement State of TN vs. SeniorTrust and ElderTrust).  

Please consider writing to support COA as unbiased, trusted source for identifying needs and being a catalyst for collaborative solutions for older adults and caregivers.

Comments should be submitted:

  • via mail to Davidson County Clerk and Master, Attn: Part 3 Clerk, 1 Public Square, Suite 308, Nashville, TN 37201; or
  • electronically by filling in the information at
    http://chanceryclerkandmaster.nashville.gov/contact-us/. Please include “SeniorTrust” in the subject line.

More information is available here.

The deadline to give input is June 17, 2016.

Churches Respond to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults

Center for Excellence in Aging and Older Adult Ministries  is hosting a seminar where church leaders will learn about the different types of Elder Abuse and the warning signs. Participants will also learn about mandatory reporting, caregiving concerns and steps they and their congregation can take to become proactive in ministry helping to prevent Elder Abuse.


Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

Director ENCORE Ministries

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $25.00

Deadline for registration is April 5, 2016

To register, please call or email Joel Emerson at McKendree Village

joel.emerson@mckendree.com   615-871-8843

 All seminars meet at the Towers at

McKendree Village

4343 Lebanon Pike

Hermitage, TN 37067

These seminars are funded by McKendree Village and the Golden Cross Foundation.