AG Mark Herring Speaks to Fluvanna Seniors on Avoiding Scams, Frauds
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - As more senior citizens fall victim to crime, the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office is arming them with information to protect themselves.
State lawmakers joined law enforcement to host a meeting at the county library on Monday. Attorney General Mark Herring stopped by to give the audience a few tips on how to avoid scams and frauds through the Triad program.
Triad is a partnership between the sheriff's office and Attorney General's office. It aims to address seniors' fears of being a victim by teaching them how they are most likely to be targeted.
Herring says one of the biggest tips he gives is "if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is." He also advises people not to give out their personal information such as their social security number and account information.
"A lot of times, these scams are committed out-of-state or even halfway across the world and once somebody has given their personal information out or once they have gotten a gift card and given them the information, it's so hard to get back so what we do is try to concentrate on prevention," Herring said.
At the meeting, Captain Von Hill of the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office also presented on Project Lifesaver, which helps track people who may wander due to a memory disorder. Project Lifesaver has reportedly saved more than 3,000 lives and has a 98 percent success rate.