November 29, 2011
Senior citizens in Charlottesville got a lesson in fraud prevention Tuesday morning.
About 20 people gathered at the Senior Center at Pepsi Place to learn how to not become the victim of a scam. Experts say illegal telemarketing and mail fraud schemes target seniors and can defraud them of their life savings.
"Seniors are fairly easy prey for people who specialize in committing fraud and scams," said Rod Gentry of Union First Market Bank. "Seniors are usually home during the day, they receive the telephone calls, they tend to be more vulnerable to e-mail fraud and scams than many other groups."
During the session participants were instructed never to give out their financial or personal identity information to unknown callers. They were also advised to get everything in writing before agreeing to make a purchase.
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