Senior citizens learn to avoid scammers


If you’re an area senior citizen, it’s not a question of if someone will try and scam you, it’s more so a question of when. But several area groups gathered today in one location to try and prevent residents from falling victim.

“They seem to pick on us older folks and it’s happened to me before and it will probably happen again, but you want to be vigilant all you can,” says John Rains.

That’s why John Rains attended the annual Senior Scamboree Fraud and Prevention Fair at the Joplin Senior Center.

“Educate area seniors on what kind of scam and fraudulent activity is going on in their community, we try to focus on issues that possible Legal Aid could help with Medicare scams,” says Allison Riddle.

Seniors are targeted for scams all year long, but especially this time of year. Home repair and improvement scams run rampant during the spring and summer months. Officer Lacey Baxter told seniors what they should do when something just doesn’t feel right.

“They don’t have to do anything they don’t want to do, so that means not opening the door to people they don’t know, they don’t have to answer the phone numbers they don’t know, and they don’t have to answer any questions they don’t want to know if it comes through the phone or uh in person or by the mail,” says Lacey Baxter.

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