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Scams Target Seniors


We hear about new scams appearing now more than ever...

and many North Dakotans continue to become victims.

"Not yet. Not so far," says Rose & Theodore Riehl.

Rose and Theodore Riehl haven't been targeted by scams -- yet.

"We want to learn about these things," says Rose.

Since more seniors are being targeted, AARP is helping them learn how to protect themselves from scams, fraud, and identity theft.

"They're at home and so they are around the telephone more and part of that is they're retired, and part of that is probably they often have the incomes that con artists want to target," says Parrell Grossman, Director, Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division.

The scammers also use technology as part of their act...

"We're on Internet," says Rose.

"I think seniors are using the Internet a lot more and so they're more susceptible to these pop-up screens that come up in the middle of a search," says Grossman.

"People around here are more trusting - tend to be more vulnerable and unfortunately part of the message is you've got to be suspicious," says Janice Cheney, State Director, AARP.

"We watch our credit card charges," says Virgil & Marlene Malchert.

Virgil and Marlene Malchert are extra careful now after an incident involving their credit card.

"The meal was probably 15 dollars or something like that well then when we got our credit card bill, that bill was on there but there was also a bill for about 800 dollars," says Virgil & Marlene Malchert.

The Malchert's called their credit card company and they reversed the charges instantly.

But new scams are always appearing...

"You can always learn something," says Virgil.

Grossman says it's important that consumers contact the attorney general's office once they're been targeted and before they've been scammed.

There's also a 20 minute DVD on scams and frauds and how to use the Better Business Bureau to protect yourselves and others.

The DVD is free and available to seniors centers.

If you'd like a DVD, contact Gary Johnson at the Better Business Bureau.

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