More than 35 percent of all U.S. senior citizens fall victim to fraud and that's why several local agencies are working to teach Indianapolis seniors how to protect themselves. The hope is to save seniors thousands of dollars, and save them from embarrassment as well.
One of the main scams hitting seniors is a call, lots of grandparents are getting. Your son is in the hospital, your grand-daughter is in jail and
traceable, and the money is lost forever, hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.
That’s the reason many are attending a free local seminar called "S.A.F.E." It stands for Scams, Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation.
Senior Medicare Patrol, the BBB, IMPD, and those from the AG's office are just some sharing information to avoid getting scammed.
“We hope they learn a lot and discover how to protect their personal information and not to give it out over the phone, or on the internet,” said Tamra Simpson, Project Coordinator for Senior Medical Patrol.
On June 15, they'll teach seniors how to detect, prevent and report fraud. They will have detailed information, but the simplest advice is this according to Simpson, “A lot of times, if something doesn't sound right, it probably isn't right. So, they can help protect others, by telling their stories.”
And several local seniors are planning to do just that. They will attend the upcoming seminar to tell what happened to them, so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
The free fraud seminar is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. S.A.F.E. will also include a
Prescription drug turn-in program for expired medication, and a free paper-shredding event for personal documents.
More information is available online.
Free seminar to help seniors prevent identity theft, fraud
More than 35 percent of all U.S. senior citizens fall victim to fraud and that's why several local agencies are working to teach Indianapolis seniors how to protect themselves.