Better Business Bureau hosts senior fraud expo

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POSTED: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 4:27pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 9:47am

Acts of fraud and money scams are never ending in the Valley. That is why Elva Cantu decided to come to the Senior Fraud Expo today in Weslaco.

"I have the time and I live alone," said Elva Cantu, senior citizen. "And I think it is very informative and good for me."

She's here to learn how to better protect herself.

"We want to arm the seniors with information so that they don't get victimized by unscrupulous businesses or by agencies, or by providers that will try to take their Medicare or Medicaid dollars," said Dolores Salinas, local Better Business Bureau President.

Right now, people need to beware of people claiming to work for the IRS, Medicare and Medicaid companies, and to never let unknown people inside their homes.

Fraud experts said people need to ask for ID or a telephone number and verify that people are you they say they are.

Also, shredding personal information after use guarantees it will never fall into the hands of someone with bad intentions.

If you suspect a potential scam, Weslaco Police encourage the people to file a police report.

"The reason for that is the documentation is going to help us build a case against anyone that we discover to be involved with a scam or to be defrauding or exploiting our seniors," said Officer J.P. Rodriguez, Weslaco Police Department.

Just being able to ask questions to different experts like police officers, IRS workers and the Better Business Bureau made folks like Cantu feel much more prepared.

"Very helpful and informative, and I like it very much," said Cantu.

If you have any questions about scams, please call the Better Business Bureau at 956-968-7327.
 

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