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Middlesex District Attorney Shares Tips for Seniors to Avoid Scams

DA warns seniors to look out for people trying to take advantage of them.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan came to the Newton Senior Center last week. Photo: Middlesex DA's Office.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan came to the Newton Senior Center last week. Photo: Middlesex DA's Office.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan warned a group at the Newton Senior Center to be aware of people trying to scam and take advantage of seniors.

Ryan came to Newton on Dec. 4 to share some of her experience as chief of Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Elder and Disabled Unit, her position for 18 years before being appointed DA.

The visit was part of the Senior Protection Seminar series launched by Ryan. The program includes information on safe banking practices, how to avoid scams or theft, and how to access local services. 

“Criminals will find opportunities to prey upon susceptible victims. We want to provide the tools for our elders to be prepared for those who attempt to take advantage of them,” Ryan said. “With partnerships like the one we have formed here in Newton, we can educate our seniors and help prevent some of these crimes from occurring. And while we can’t prevent every crime, the message we want to share with our seniors is simple – there is no shame in asking for help or reporting to authorities if you are the victim of a crime.”

Scams that Ryan warned people should be on the look out fore are: 

  • any solicitation requiring cash be wired internationally
  • advanced payment of a tax or fee in order to receive a larger amount in return
  • donations requested over the phone to vague or unknown charities.

For more information contact the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Elder and Disabled Unit at 781-897-8400 or visit www.middlesexda.com.

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