About one-third of all fraud victims are 60 or older, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The number may actually be much higher because older adults often are ashamed or afraid to report they have been victimized.
Do you know how to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft and other scams that commonly target seniors? New York's Division of Consumer Protection is holding a free training session on Thursday at East Islip Library, aimed at giving older adults the tools to avoid becoming victims. The Senior Scam Prevention Forum runs from 10 to 11 a.m. After the forum, anyone 60 and older can get a free senior ID card that also can be used to list physician and emergency contacts.
If you think you have been targeted by scammers, call the Division of Consumer Protection at 800-697-1220 or go to nwsdy.li/seniorfraud. The agency also has a list of common scams at nwsdy.li/scamalerts.