Workshops set to help seniors with financial scams

elderly handsCity Commissioner Troy Kent told a story at a recent commission meeting of a senior woman who realized when she had been scammed. She received a call saying there were “questionable things” going on with her computer. The caller said if she didn’t pay some money, the authorities would come to arrest her.

She knew it was a scam, because she didn’t own a computer.

Kent related this story to stress the importance of upcoming quarterly workshops that are planned by Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida in a partnership with the city.

Called Elder Smart, the first workshop will be 3:30 to 5 p.m. on June 2 in Conference Room 103, City Hall, 22 S. Beach St.  The room is located just before the elevator on the first floor when entering City Hall from the breezeway along the courtyard.

Workshops will change each quarter and topics will include identity theft, home improvement scams, predatory mortgage loans, foreclosure scams, lottery scams, utility insurance scams and credit repair services.

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