Seniors schooled on scam protection
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:55:37 GMT —
In 2013, more than 13 million people were victims of identity theft, and those victims had a total of 18 billions dollars stolen.
But there's a group right here in the Tri-States dedicated to educating people on how not to become part of the statistic.
Every month, you'll find TRIAD working to prevent seniors from becoming victims to fraud and scams.
TRIAD stands for "the right information and direction."
Their monthly meetings have left an impact on people like Les Kaufman.
Though he's never been a victim of identity theft, he's made it his goal to be as educated as possible.
"You've got to stay up to date nowadays, because there's so much going on out there, you don't know what's going to happen, day to day," Kaufman said. "There was a couple scams that he talked about that I didn't know about and I'm never going to give anybody my numbers out so I guess I'm still okay."
Seniors aren't the only ones being targeted for identity theft.
10 percent of children have their identity stolen, and 56 percent of those cases involved social security numbers.
Detective Adam Gibson believes arming yourself with knowledge can be your best weapon.
"The first thing I can tell you is something people have heard over and over again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Gibson said. "And one of the ways to combat that is educate people that could be victims before they're victimized, so that they have the information to keep themselves from being victimized, when these scammers try to victimize them."
You can attend one of the monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month from 1pm to 2pm at the Quincy Senior Center located at 639 York in Quincy.