AUSTIN -- It is a story that has outraged the Austin community and people across the country.
Police are looking into who is responsible for stealing money from the oldest living WWII veteran – Richard Overton, who is 112.
His cousin, Volma Overton, told us he recently noticed money getting taken out of Overton's account.
Austin police are leading the multi-agency investigation.
KVUE spoke with the Better Business Bureau about how to protect the elderly from scams and identity theft.
"You really just want to be as vigilant as possible with your accounts,” said Carlos Villalobos, spokesperson for the BBB. “When it comes to (your) checking, your savings account, make sure you're keeping tabs on it. Make sure you're looking out for any suspicious or withdrawals you're not sure about."
To protect the elderly from scams:
- Make sure you screen calls. That means answer or return calls only from people you know.
- If someone over the phone is claiming to be with a charity, tell them you do not give money to strangers over the phone. And never give out account numbers or other private information to a stranger.
- Do not click on links in unsolicited emails.
"All it takes is for that person to believe that they're someone legitimate to give them credit card information,” said Villalobos. “Social security information, your checking account (information).”
To avoid identity theft:
- Know when your bills are due. A sign of identity theft is when you stop receiving certain bills.
- Check your credit reports regularly.
- Secure personal documents at home.
- If you have roommates, have outside help or contractors in your home and make sure documents are in a safe place.