‘Senior Scam Stopper’ speakers warn residents about scams and fraud

 ‘Senior Scam Stopper’ speakers warn residents about scams and fraud

From unscrupulous home improvement contractors to those who try to take financial advantage, seniors are the most targeted group for scams according to a trio of state officials during a virtual seminar.

A “Senior Scam Stopper” Seminar was held on Nov. 12. It was presented by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein in conjunction with the Ed Brown Center for Active Adults in Rancho Bernardo.

According to the presentation, 1 in 5 seniors has been the victim of fraud and new scams are developed constantly. Many relate to home improvement, auto repair, insurance, telemarketing, real estate and COVID-19.

“Don’t engage … stop being nice and report fraud,” was the advice from Tonya Martin with the state’s Department of Insurance.

Kevin Durawa from the state’s Contractors State Licensing Board said unlicensed contractors target seniors because they are “very trusting and more vulnerable.”

Durawa said one way they try to manipulate…

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