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Scams Focus of Senior Seminar

Scams Focus of Senior Seminar

 

The state held a workshop Friday focused on helping seniors spot scams and prevent them from becoming victims.

Representatives from the Nevada State Contractors Board and the Nevada Health and Human Services Agency talked to seniors at the Whitney Senior Center about the types of scams that are used to target them.

"We want to be proactive in our efforts to show seniors what to look for so we can try to reduce that rate of victimization that we see. When it comes to reports of elder abuse, they say for every one that gets reported, there are five that go unreported. That is probably an underestimate by a large account," Jennifer Turner, with the state contractors board, said.

Senior Scam Seminar Planned for Friday

Senior Scam Seminar Planned for Friday

 

The state is hosting a series of seminars to help protect seniors from scams.

The latest will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Whitney Senior Center at 5712 Missouri Avenue.

The Nevada State Contractors Board, the Nevada Health and Human Services Agency and the Senior Medicare Patrol Unit are working together on the seminars.

The workshops will highlight the types of scams criminals use to target seniors, tips on how people can protect themselves and how victims can report a problem to authorities.

According to the state's health and human services division, between July 2010 and June 2011, 4,300 elderly abuse cases were reported to them.