Medicare fraud, financial scams and identity theft targeting senior citizens are on the rise, a problem that will likely intensify, said Gavin Gee, director of the Idaho Department of Finance.
The baby boomers are now seniors or becoming seniors. Thats a very large segment of the population, Gee said. Seniors, unfortunately, can become easier targets, especially as they start to develop some memory issues. Plus, they often have money.
In response, the department and other government, financial and senior advocacy groups hold Senior Scam Jam events around the state. Seniors are invited to the free conference to learn which advisers to trust and how to spot red flags and fishy circumstances.
The next event in the Treasure Valley will be from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Nampa Civic Center.
Between 200 and 400 seniors attended the sessions last year held at Post Falls, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and nearly 300 have preregistered for the Nampa event, Gee said.
To register, click hereor call the AARP by Monday, April 22 at 1-877-926-8300.
Zach Kyle: 377-6464