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Avoid the Scams!

Avoid the Scams!

By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy

Over the course of my law enforcement career, I had the opportunity to directly supervise or manage multiple investigative teams. One such assignment was the Economic Crimes Detail where I witnessed firsthand the shameless criminal enterprises that target our elderly communities. I was well aware of the frauds, scams and other forms of theft aimed indiscriminately at various demographics across our county, however, what was most appalling was the directed attack against our seniors.

Even with laws in place designed specifically to protect our senior citizens, financial elder abuse continues to be a growing problem within our society. Sadly, criminals who make a living stealing from others have no moral compass and will not hesitate to swindle the hard-earned life savings of unsuspecting victims, especially seniors. As you know, most criminals are opportunistic in nature and will prey upon those who offer the greatest return at the lowest risk of being identified and/or prosecuted. Unfortunately, in many cases, seniors fall within this group and potentially make ideal targets.

Despite ongoing efforts to educate our communities on the most current scams, many will still become victims. Although some forms of theft are difficult to avoid, staying informed and vigilant are the first steps to identifying and preventing a potential scam. The following are a few of the more common financial scams occurring within our region:

Tips to avoid scams / Identity Theft

Finally, if you believe you have possibly been the victim of a scam or identity theft, do not hesitate to contact the Security Division. As it pertains to scams, you do not actually become a victim until you provide personal information or sustain a monetary loss. We will assess the situation and if necessary, contact the Sheriff’s Department to open a criminal investigation.

Composed: 07/27/2016 | Modified: 07/27/2016

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