Protect Week kicks off to protect older Americans

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Published on June 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Protect Week kicks off to protect older Americans

One in five seniors over age 65 have been the victims of fraud.

Losing nearly $3 billion a year to identity thieves and con artists.

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Protect Week kicks off to protect older Americans

THIEVES ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FORWAYS TO RIP YOU OFF.

OFTENTHEY TARGET THE ELDERLY, WHOARE VULNERABLE.

ONE IN FIVESENIORS OVER AGE 65 HAVE BEENTHE VICTIMS OF FRAUD.

LOSINNEARLY 3 BILLION DOLLARS AYEAR TO IDENTITY THIEVES ANDCON ARTISTS.

TODAY WAS THEKICK OFF OF PROTECT WEEK...IT'S DESIGNED TO HELP OLDAMERICANS PROTECT THEMSELVES.THERE WILL BE A SERIESEVENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE...THE WEEK WILL CULMINATE ONWORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESSDAY SATURDAY.

"The problem isrampant.

And technologycomnbined with the growth ofthe 65 plus population ismaking it easier for cartists to succeed." MARYLANDATTORNEY GENERAL BRIAN FROSHOFFERED SOME SAFETY TIPS:FIRST OFF, IF YOU DON'TRECOGNIZE THE NUMBER, DON'TANSWER IT.

IF IT'S IMPORTANT,THEY WILL LEAVE A MESSAGE, USECOMPLEX PASSWORDS.

NEVER TELLYOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION OVERTHE PHONE.

IF IT'S A FINANCIALINSTITUTION, YOU CAN CALL THBACK.

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