Seniors vs. Crime

Virginia Harrison says just the other day her 70-year-old friend answered the phone to the question, "do you want $1,000?"

Virginia says, "She said, ‘yes, what do I have to do?' He said, 'You just have to answer a few questions, give me some of your credentials.' She said, 'I don't want to do that.'"

Ollie M. Cue, a Florida resident, says, “My sisters live in other parts of Florida and when I moved here they would advise me not to give out any information because there was a lot of scammers out, especially scamming senior citizens."

Senior citizens who think they've been scammed can now turn to the attorney general's "Seniors versus Crime" program at the Tallahassee Senior Service Center for help.

Regional program director Joe Stein says because of the recent hurricanes in Florida, scams have gone through the roof.

Joe says, "No pun intended; roofing is one of our major scams nowadays. Contractors, unlicensed contractors come into Florida and they'll scam folks, a lot of times seniors, who've had their homes damaged."

Investigators and volunteers take victim complaints and investigate individuals and companies accused of defrauding senior citizens.

Investigators are available at the Senior Center on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 and Thursdays from 10 to 2. Volunteers are needed. Call 891-4000 for more information.


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