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Workshop Held to Discuss Elder Abuse and Fraud

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It seems we’re hearing about a new phone scam pretty much every day and often the elderly are the target.

That’s why the Springfield Department of Elder Affairs held a workshop on elder abuse and fraud Wednesday at the Mason Square Senior Center.

Assistant Hampden County District Attorney Joan O’Brien warned the seniors about falling prey to phone scams where someone calls about a relative in trouble who needs money right away.

An East Longmeadow resident was recently scammed out of $1,400.

O’Brien says only one in 25 cases like this are reported, because many elders are embarrassed, adding,  “They’re afraid that people will think that they don’t really understand what’s going on or that people will think that they’re losing it or some other issues that are involved and that they’ll intervene and maybe lose some of their freedom. And that’s really not the case. It happens to everyone. People shouldn’t be embarrassed, they shouldn’t be afraid  and that’s why they’re preyed upon more because of that reason.”

O’Brien says no matter how old you are, when someone is preying on your emotions, it’s hard to think straight. She says question people who are asking you for money over the phone.

If, for some reason, you are scammed, call police right away.

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