65-year-old woman scams 91-year-old at Bingo hall

innerseniorsscam16052015Think Bingo halls are packed full of nice people who just want to enjoy a night out? Think the senior citizen sitting next to you is a good-hearted human being just like you? After hearing this story, you might want to think again.

A 65-year-old Canadian woman is accused of scamming a 91-year-old woman out of thousands of dollars after meeting her at a Bingo hall. Here’s what happened:

Brenda Louise Clements approached the 91-year-old victim at a bingo hall and befriended her. She offered to help her with her daily chores and errands. The women got along fine, but after a few months, the victim noticed several strange charges to her credit card. She contact police and an investigation was immediately conducted.

This isn’t the first time that Clements has pulled this stunt. In 2014, she was accused of stealing thousands from a man in a senior’s residence.

This type of behavior isn’t typical and we hope the woman gets what she deserves for her deplorable actions And while this isn’t exactly commonplace, you should always take precautions if you’re playing in a live Bingo hall. Here are some tips to stay safe against those who might be hell bent on taking your money.

Always keep your eye on your purse or wallet

It’s not clear how the woman in this case got a hold of the victim’s credit cards. But if you’re playing Bingo in a hall, make sure you keep your eye on your purse at all times. If you keep your wallet in your pants, we recommend keeping it in the front pocket where you can always see it or feel it, and where others will have trouble grabbing it without you noticing.

Be suspicious of people who want to go out of their way to help you

Sure, there are some nice people in the world. And it’s nice to be able to trust people. But if you just met someone and they offer to go out of their way to help you, it might be a good idea to assume they have ulterior motives. Perhaps they’re just being nice and genuinely like you, but if you’re alone, it’s best to be safe than sorry.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If someone approaches you, don’t feel as though you need to ignore them. But don’t feel as though you need to ignore everyone else, too. Remember, the Bingo hall is a big place, packed with lots of people. If you’re playing alone, chances are you’ve seen lots of familiar faces there over the last few weeks. Don’t be afraid to chat with them and tell them your concerns.

Remember, while online Bingo doesn’t exactly put you in arm’s reach of strangers, Bingo chat rooms do offer you the ability to connect with a big community of like-minded Bingo players. And that means there could be a scam artist trying to connect with Bingo players online. We obviously take every security precaution to keep them off our site, but like any social online community, please be careful.