I don't understand people complaining that they got caught by a phone scam.
There was another article in the paper about some retired person who was ripped off, and anther one about someone who "was really good at resisting them."
I'm really good too. When I don't recognize the number on the incoming call, or its an 800 number, I don't answer the phone. I assume that if its someone who really wants to talk to me then s/he will leave a message.
I guess some retire people are a) just really really lonely and will talk to anyone, or b) don't really have all their marbles anymore and as such will believe anything someone on the phone tells them.