Seniors learning to protect themselves
(08/08/03) THE BRONX - Senior citizens often fall victim to fraud, but this week is Senior Crimes Awareness Week in New York City, and the Department of Aging is teaching seniors how to better protect themselves.
The Department of Aging says many crimes against seniors are committed by people close to them, so seniors should pay attention to their surroundings. They should also add their names to the "Do Not Call" registry, which will prevent telemarketers from calling them. In addition, seniors who do get scammed should not blame themselves, and should report the incident immediately.
Ten percent of all scam victims are senior citizens, and most don't ask for help. Four out of five seniors will not report a crime.