San Diego forum aims to teach elderly, caregivers to avoid scams

— Seniors, caregivers and others interested in learning about how to avoid financial scams are invited to attend a forum put on by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob next month.

Jacob is slated to lead the “Don’t Get Hooked” forum on Feb. 11 at the College Avenue Baptist Church at 4747 College Ave. from 9 to 11 a.m.

“This event will arm our elderly and caregivers with vital information about how to avoid swindlers and other flim-flam artists,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Many crooks see our seniors as easy prey and try to rip them off over the phone or through email and snail mail.”

Speakers at the event will include scam victims, sheriff’s Detective Maureen Perkins and Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, an expert on elder abuse and financial crimes.

San Diego police, county Aging and Independence Services and the County Clerk’s Office representatives plan to be there to offer advice and answer questions. They will provide “Don’t Get Hooked” booklets and discuss the most common swindles that involve seniors.

People interested in attending can register by calling (844) 899-1597 or sign up online at surveymonkey.com/r/DontGtHooked by Feb. 7.

by David Hernandez with the San Diego Union Tribune.

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