Seniors learn how to avoid scams

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Seniors at Brookridge Heights learned about avoiding scams Tuesday afternoon.

Michigan State Police Trooper Stacey Rasanen says seniors are frequently targeted. She's seen many people lose thousands of dollars to these scams. The scams also play to seniors' emotions and often claim a family member is in danger or in jail.
To avoid becoming a victim, check with other family members to verify if someone really is in trouble, don't send any money up front, and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

“We want to make sure that the residents and people in our community know that it is a scam and not to spend their money that way,” said Trooper Rasanen.

According to the AARP, the most common scam for seniors involved people calling and pretending to be from the IRS.
Trooper Rasanen says the best way to avoid becoming a victim is to just hang up.