One of the most vulnerable to fraud in our community are senior citizens. Today dozens of seniors went to a workshop to learn some wisdom to avoid being scammed. More from news 3's Sandra Gonzalez.LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) --
Senior citizens are often prime prey for scam artists, so the Nevada Contractors Board taught several seniors some tips to stay clear of these predators.
The event was held Thursday at the Doolittle Senior Center, and leaders covered everything from contractor scams to Medicare fraud.
Henrietta Hill was one of the seniors who wanted to gather information, but she’s one tough 70 year old. She says once a couple of scammers wormed their way into her home pretending to try to check her security system. Well, she did some pretending of her own too; pretending to be “packing heat.”
“I said ‘Get out of my house’. That guy stood his ground, he didn't want to leave the house, and I said ‘Okay I got something to make you get out of my house,” Hill said.
Most seniors aren’t as bold as Henrietta, but she like many others still wanted to learn how not to be a victim to people who are looking for seniors to try to take their money.
“They prey on the elderly because the elderly are trusting of people, they have someone to talk to them and comforts them and they are very trusting,” said George Lyford, Director of Investigations for the State Contractors Board.
Lyford offered advice for seniors to trust their instincts if they are not comfortable, and to ask questions and never to rush into any decision especially with money.
“If you ask a few questions and they don't know the answers, they're going to go away,” Lyford said.
Other suggestions surrounded Medicare fraud, including one piece of advice not to carry your Medicare card with you unless it is absolutely necessary.
“Their Medicare number is their Social Security number with a letter so it's just like carrying your Social Security card around so if a bad guy gets ahold of that, it could be the key to your checking account basically to your wallet,” said Kim Harney-Moore, Coordinator of Volunteers for the Senior Medicare Patrol.
She also reminded people that Medicare, like Social Security, doesn’t call or show up to the door.
One person who is tired of the telemarketing calls is Henrietta Hill, but she knew just how to handle a pushy one recently who tried to get financial information.
“I said ‘Do you think I'm a fool? Do you think I’m a fool?’” Hill said.
There will be more opportunities for local senior citizens to learn these scam prevention tips in Boulder City on Monday.
Click this link for more information on the Senior Awareness Program