Oklahoma Insurance Department hoping to protect seniors from scammers

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Do you know what the most popular weapons of scammers are?

Some include the computer, phone, front door and mailbox.

Many times crooks target senior citizens and that’s why the Oklahoma Insurance Department is holding senior fraud conferences all over the state of Oklahoma through July to address topics like Medicare, insurance, investment and banking fraud.

Seniors are calling this a hot button issue.

"Sometimes we're thinking that the big bad wolf is somewhere in China, sometimes it's right in your neighborhood," said Melvin Latham.

Scammers are targeting senior citizens and their neighbors by using false impersonations to get into their homes.

"We have several people coming through the neighborhood, dressed in uniforms, wearing hard hats, playing around like they're utility people," said Latham.

That's just one scary example.

"If we can keep seniors educated and help them save their life savings, this is a good thing," said Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said new fraud trends continue to evolve every year.

In our state, we see a lot of phone scams.

"Right now it's typically calls. There's been some IRS type things, identity issues that have been happening, so seniors really need to be on their guard," said Doak.

He said through education and informational seminars like this one, we can protect each other.

"We work very hard for what we have and we should not feel so easily to allow it to be taken," said Ethel Broiles with AARP NE Chapter.

Ethel Broiles said small changes can make a big difference like switching up your routine, shredding personal information and being alert.

"Listen, key in and tell somebody else that this person has approached you," said Broiles.

"We're just trying to look out for each other," said Latham.

There’s still time to register for future Senior Fraud Conferences across the state, just click here.

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