WOODBURY - Officials are warning Long Islanders that scams targeting seniors are on the rise.

According to officials, elderly victims are getting calls that they owe back taxes, have won money in a sweepstakes or that a loved one needs money fast. All three scams are becoming more popular.

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Rep. Steve Israel says the scams put billions into the pockets of crooks. Israel says according to the Federal Trade Commission, seniors comprise over 20 percent of all financial victims in the U.S.

Israel says he has introduced legislation to have Social Security numbers removed from Medicare cards. He thinks that could be adding to seniors' vulnerability.

The U.S. Postal Service is warning about scams in the mail as well. They say a popular one involves sending residents a check and then asking them to wire the money after depositing it.