Fraud And Scam Seminar In Bangor For Seniors

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Keeping seniors safe from scams.

The Bangor YMCA and AARP Maine hosted a seminar in bangor with that goal in mind.

The Penobscot County Sheriff's Office and Emera Maine were there to talk about what seniors should look out for.

They were also advised on how to protect themselves from identity theft by doing things like shredding personal information and doing credit checks.

"It was nice to be able to talk to the group. They were very interactive with us and there was a lot of questions and it's important that they get their questions answered so they know what's a scam and they don't fall into losing anything that's important to them," says William Burch, Penobscot County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy.

"I think it's helpful to talk to other people and hear what's going on. It's always concerning with the hacks and everything about people getting your information and losing your identity especially when you have certain income," says Aleta Wade, a Holden resident.

Emera officials talked about a current scam where people pose as employees calling to collect money from customers and threaten to disconnect service if they don't pay up.

If you feel like you may be a victim of fraud or have been contacted by someone trying to scam you you're urged to call your local police.