Nichole Hannahs

Protecting Seniors from Fraud

by Nichole Hannahs on September 2, 2014 at 7:13 am

The Attorney General continues efforts to protect citizens from scams.

During a visit to Zanesville, Mike Dewine, promoted the Senior Advocate Fraud Education Toolkit. It’s a proactive approach on how to avoid becoming a victim of scams.

While the Attorney General believes anyone can be a victim, he said some are specific to grandparents, including one in which the scammer calls pretending to be your grandchild, asking you to wire money.

"So many of these scams rely on wire transfers and many of them rely on the green dot card or something where you put money up front and then you give them that information," said DeWine. "They can pull that money down."

DeWine said once that the money is wired it’s very difficult to get it back. Those that believe they’ve been contacted by scammers should contact local authorities and the Attorney General’s Office.

Their investigators work with local authorities to track down these criminals.

"It’s not enough to get people’s money back," explained DeWine. "It’s not enough to stop them with a civil suit. Some of these scam artists are just out and out crooks and they need to be put away. "

The fraud education toolkit is now available at every library in the State of Ohio.