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Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans are more likely to be a scam victim than the average older American, according to a study conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Their willingness to help others is often used against them, according to Joe Solosna, who works with the National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF). Read the full article […]

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

No slowdown in sight for scams targeting seniors

Look at the scam tracker map that is part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and it’s spilling over with red triangles. More than 2,000 active fraud reports are marked on a counter. Despite the awareness that is out there about scams, despite the warnings, it hasn’t slowed down the momentum of scam artists nor […]

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Look the map on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the state of Florida is stacked with triangles that serve as symbols of potential scams. No one should be surprised because, as AARP Communication Manager Dave Bruns points out, “Florida is the epicenter for scams targeting people 50 and over.” And with the Christmas season in […]

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Locals help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Former Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 plus inches of rain in areas in and around Houston since making landfall Aug. 25 causing catastrophic flooding and leaving thousands of residents in shelters. Relief and rescue efforts are underway, and many have begun making donations for those relief efforts. As part of the Florida Realtors statewide effort, the […]

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

Santa Rosa among nation’s top 50 scam targets

If it seems that you’re getting more of those suspicious phone calls lately from someone claiming that you’re way overdue on money owed to the Internal Revenue Service or on a credit card, welcome to the club. The Escambia-Santa Rosa County area is ranked 45th among the country’s most popular markets for telephone scammers in […]

CHELCO advises members to be aware of scammers

CHELCO advises members to be aware of scammers

CHELCO asks members to beware of scammers posing as utility companies in both Walton and Okaloosa counties. These scammers will call a member on the telephone demanding payment by credit card, threatening to turn off their power if they don’t pay immediately. The scammers will give a name and badge number and ask for members […]

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

Spoofing used in exploitation of senior citizens

No state has a larger elderly population in the nation than Florida. More than 4.9 million residents are 60 years of age or older, accounting for 24 percent of the state’s population, and scam artists are eager to exploit it. “Exploitation and fraud is one of the biggest categories of abuse against elders,” said Ashley […]

Navarre senior avoids becoming grandparent phone scam victim

Navarre senior avoids becoming grandparent phone scam victim

Jane Mullis was at home Wednesday afternoon when she received a phone call from her grandson. At least she thought it was her grandson. “When I answered the phone he said ‘Hi grandma, this is your oldest grandson, don’t you recognize my voice?’” Mullis said. She told him there was too much static but proceeded […]

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

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 […]