Washington County Fraud Alert System for Seniors

A new fraud alert system is rolling out for seniors in Washington County.

Communities against senior exploitation, or C.A.S.E, is a partnership between the Washington County Sheriff's Office and community leaders to prevent fraud.

Scammers everywhere are trying to steal your identity and money through a variety of scams.

Jerry Haviland, with Elder Care Services, said, “I was using my credit card and they said give me the pin number on the back, and I’m sure it was fine cause I made the call. But I don't think so. I don't need the product that bad and that's how serious I am about it.”

The official kickoff of the program is at the end of September.

Local leaders will be trained how to be a partner and pass information along to seniors.

This is how the system works:

A fraud alert email goes to partners about fraudulent activity.

Partners then pass that information along to people through meetings, newsletters or bulletin boards.

The goal of the program is to get the fraud alerts out to as many people as soon as possible to help prevent them from becoming victims.

Mary Enfinger, director of the Council on Aging says, “This is one area our senior citizens need to be more informed on. Fraud is very prevalent against them and the community. So, all the education we can get out there would be important.”

It’s a partnership that law enforcement is hoping will stop criminals from victimizing our greatest generation.

Officials tell us that seniors are already calling in to be added to the email list.

If you would like more information about the C.A.S.E. program, you can email the sheriff's office at andreagainey@wcso.us or call 850-638-6115.

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