Don’t get duped

Even the savviest of us can get taken in by scams.

Seniors, however, are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation, Sharon Christopher, outreach specialist with the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program, said.

“Seniors are targets because they’re often trusting and willing to take what people tell them at face value,” Christopher said.

Often scammers will gain someone’s trust through long phone calls or impersonate a loved one — such as a grandchild — and ask for money.

Seniors also make an attractive target because scammers assume they must have money in the bank after a lifetime of work, Christopher said.

To better inform the public on how to avoid scams, Christopher will host a workshop “Financial Fraud and Today’s Senior” at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 16 at the Kenai Senior Center.

The free workshop will cover the top scams targeting seniors, such as Medicare fraud, the sale of counterfeit prescriptions and fraudulent anti-aging products, phony investment schemes, fake sweepstakes or lotteries and telemarketing scams.

Christopher noted that there have been several scams in the area in recent years — including solicitations for donations to fake charities and fraudulent contractors asking for upfront payments on construction work that will never be completed.

Part of the challenge in stopping scammers is that many people who have been duped are too ashamed to come forward.

“They’re very embarrassed,” she said.

For more information about upcoming workshops offered by the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program call 262-1280.

Reach Erin Thompson at erin.thompson@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Statewide COVID cases continue drop

On Monday, Alaska’s seven-day case rate per 100,000 people was 268.6.

Anne Zink, Alaska chief medical officer, participates in a briefing with Department of Health and Social Services officials to discuss the rise of the omicron variant of the corona virus, on Nov. 29, 2021. (screenshot)
Omicron ‘an animal of its own’

State health officials emphasize unknowns, prevention measures in wake of new coronavirus variant spread.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. The Kenai City Council voted during its Oct. 20 meeting to postpone the legislation approving grant funds after members of the community raised concerns about what books would be purchased with the money, as well as the agency awarding the grant. The council will reconsider the legislation on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai council to consider library grant again

The council earlier voted to postpone the legislation after concerns were raised about what books would be purchased.

Rep. Chris Kurka, R-Wasilla, leaves the chambers of the Alaska House of Representatives on Friday, March 19, 2021, after an hour of delays concerning the wording on his mask. On Monday, Kurka announced he was running for governor in 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Wasilla rep announces gubernatorial bid

Kurka said he was motivated to run by a sense of betrayal from Dunleavy.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry carried the Together Tree, bound for the Alaska Governor’s Mansion, up from Wrangell where it was harvested after a brief delay due to some mechanical issues. (USCG photo / Petty Officer 2nd Class Lexie Preston)
Governor’s mansion tree arrives in Juneau

No weather or floating lines could stay these Coast Guardsmen about their task.

Forever Dance students practice for the “Forever Christmas” annual holiday variety show at Kenai Central High School on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Remembering that we’re all in this together’

Forever Dance celebrates the holiday spirit with Christmas showcase.

Image via the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Nikiski soil treatment facility moves ahead

The facility, located at 52520 Kenai Spur Highway, has drawn ire from community residents.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID case rate continues decline; 7 new deaths reported

The state reported 632 new COVID-19 cases in Alaska.

People sit on a float by Kendall Auto Group during the “Christmas Comes to Kenai” parade on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘It’s our biggest so far’

The holiday spirit is back in a big way with ‘Christmas Comes to Kenai’

Most Read