THOMAS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -
(05/21/14) - It can happen to anyone at anytime and the consequences are usually costly. Identity thieves and scam artist are becoming more clever. State Police are teaching senior citizens how to be more cautious. The crimes can be devastating to older adults who are sometimes easy targets.
State Police Trooper Michael Darrow spoke to a group of about 50 older adults Wednesday morning, at SwanHaven Manor in Thomas Township, to make sure they know how to protect themselves.
"Majority of our seniors in the country actually hold and possess the majority of the wealth in this country and they seem to be the most vulnerable because they are polite, they are courteous and people take advantage of that," Darrow said.
Darrow says the easiest ways to avoid scams are to end phone conversations quickly with people you don't know. Don't answer questions, just hang up. Also, limit the amount of information you put online, make sure to keep your social security number private and create tough passwords that include a combination of letters, numbers and symbols because those are the hardest passwords to crack.
Darrow says if you think you've fallen victim to a scam, be sure to act fast. Call police and cancel any credit cards that might be affected. Also, be sure to contact your bank.