DUARTE- There was no shortage of seniors, or their family members, interested in learning about fraud prevention at a Senior Fraud Prevention Forumhosted by Assemblymember Roger Hernandez February 19, 2016.
"This was a sharp group of people who want to be active guardians of their personal and financial safety," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman. "I enjoyed talking to them about steps they can take and things they can avoid, to better protect themselves.
Ehrman asked the audience why they think seniors are attractive targets for scammers. One member of the audience suggested it was because seniors can, at times, be vulnerable. "It's because you made it," Ehrman told the group. "You've held down your jobs, you have pensions, retirement and benefits. A scammer is thinking, 'why should I go to work when I can just take theirs?' This is why you need to protect yourselves. Be very protective of your information, birth certificate, social security number, your driver license, be careful what you put on facebook, who you tell your vacation plans to and who you open your door to."
Ehrman was one of several presenters who talked to seniors about identity theft, home and auto repair, telemarketing, Medicare and other areas in which scammers target seniors.
"I thank Assemblymember Hernandez for inviting us into his district to speak with this terrific group," said Ehrman. "They walked away with an awareness and a better idea ofthings to look out for."