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Seniors & Scams

Seniors often have more money and time on their hands than the rest of the population- that’s why they’re being targeted for scams.

The College of DuPage recently held a free workshop for seniors to learn about potential scams and how to combat them.

Representatives from the Illinois Attorney General’s office and the Federal Trade Commission spoke to a packed house about scams aimed at older adults, including IRS scams, healthcare scams and the grandparent scam- a hoax in which a caller will pretend to be a grandchild calling for money.

Seniors were also informed how to keep their information safe from identity theft and data breeches.

“Hang up the phone, delete the email, contact the authorities to let them know that you were contacted by someone, you know fight back!” said Tom Brady, Associate Dean for the Homeland Security Training Institute at College of DuPage.

One quick tip to help combat stolen information, use a credit card with a digital chip and use a pin number when completing a transaction rather than just a signature.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.


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