Local law enforcement are urging younger, more tech-savvy citizens to keep a protective eye out for scams that have swindled older generations out of large sums of hard-earned money.
The elderly are often targets of financial scams coming over-the-phone, via the internet and sometimes door-to-door. The scams are common nationally — the FBI estimates U.S. seniors register over $3 billion in scam-related losses annually — and Klamath County is no different.
Dan Towery, a Klamath County Sheriff’s Office detective who often is tasked with investigating elder fraud, said he usually works two or three such cases on a normal basis. Because of the ability of scammers to cover their tracks, investigating the cases often leads to dead ends for law enforcement.