Utah County Authorities Warns Elderly About Fraud

Utah County Authorities Warns Elderly About Fraud


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(Provo-AP) -- Authorities in Utah County are warning seniors to beware of scams.

Financial crimes that target the elderly are nothing new, but the Utah County attorney's office says the number of scams targeting the elderly is on the rise. They're visiting nursing homes to spread the word about the danger.

Investigators say these crimes sometimes go unreported, because people are ashamed of being cheated.

In one recent scam, a caller would tell victims they had won 300-thousand dollars in the Canadian lottery -- all they had to do was send in 250 dollars in taxes to claim the prize. The bogus jackpot never arrived.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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