Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Dealing with scams is a never-ending job for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s detective Duran Nelson.

“I deal with it every day, all day,” Nelson said. It’s my primary job.”

Nelson spoke about scams, computer fraud and personal safety to a crowd of about 30 at the Holley Navarre Senior Center Friday afternoon. It’s the first time he has spoken to a group about the topic and noted senior citizens are often ideal targets for scammers.

“They are the targeted age group,” Nelson said. “The reason is because back in their day, a handshake meant something, so they feel comfortable trusting someone. Now, a handshake doesn’t mean anything. You can’t feel comfortable with people.”

Nelson discussed a wide range of scams and also the threat of identity theft.

Among the more popular scams are unexpected charges on bills, calls or emails telling people they won the lottery and just have to send in a fee in order to claim their winnings and -re scams where scammers attempt to obtain personal information by offering a new health card or insurance discount.

Read the full article in the June 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online to your community newspaper.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Detective Durant Nelson warned seniors about popular scams.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Durant Nelson warned seniors about popular scams.

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