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For Elder Abuse Month, Florida's Seniors Warned About Common Scams

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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and state officials want Florida’s seniors to be aware of common scams to avoid.

Some common scams include grandparents scams—where someone claiming to be a grandchild needs to be bailed out of jail—or the IRS scam—where someone posing as an IRS agent threatens arrest for money owed.

There are also charity scams and utility scams—where someone claiming to be from a utility company threatens to turn off power, gas, and water for payment.

Friday was also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and in a release, Attorney General Pam Bondi outlined some good tips to keep in mind.

They include never giving out personal information or money to a suspicious solicitor, verifying the employment of a person claiming to be a government officials, and always keeping checkbooks, debit cards, or credit cards in a safe place.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.