BELMONT / OLEAN – State Sen. George Borrello hosted fraud prevention workshops in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties this week to help senior citizens protect themselves from scams and identity theft.
Sen. Borrello teamed up with the Center for Elder Law and Justice, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the sheriff’s offices and offices for the aging in both counties for the events.
“The ironic thing is that as we were planning these events, my own father, who is a very savvy 80-year-old, received a scam letter telling him he won a worldwide $4.5 million lottery. To collect, he had to send in 5% of the total,” Sen. Borrello said. “These scams are pervasive and run by professional con artists. Our seniors have worked hard their entire lives and saved up so they can enjoy their retirement. I’m glad we were able to offer them tips to avoid scams and protect themselves.”
Karen Davis, Senior Consumer Frauds Representative for the Attorney General’s Buffalo Regional Office, said the number of scam calls to her office skyrocketed during the pandemic. She said everyone needs to take steps to protect themselves from identity theft and never give out personal information to someone they don’t know.
Kathleen Kanaley, from the Center for Elder Law and Justice, said con artists try to trick people into believing they have to provide personal information immediately in order to prevent something dire from happening. She said one very active scam right now…