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To Help Residents Avoid Scams, Bay County Sheriff's Office Offers Class

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The Bay County Sheriff’s office is offering a class for area residents about common scams and how to avoid them.

The Financial Crimes Unit through the Bay County Sheriff’s office is teaching the two-hour “common scams” class. Topics will include scams currently operating in the Bay County area and anticipated trends.

While most scammers target the elderly, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Ruth Corley encourages everyone to take the class.

“I would encourage people who have grandparents or maybe they’re own parents are elderly to take the time to inform yourself about the scams,” she said. “And, that way you can teach the elderly person in your life what to look for, what to notice as your red flag…a lot of times elderly people, they’ll open their doors to people coming to their doors knocking on it, not thinking this person is looking to scam them.”

And, Corley says one of the most common kind of scam in the Bay County area are construction scams.

“They will often pinpoint a home that might need a little work in the yard or the concrete around the yard, and they offer a very quick solution to that person who’s elderly that doesn’t really know what to do about fixing these things, and maybe the family’s busy and they can’t help them and so, this looks like a good way to solve that problem and they get scammed,” she added. “So, take the time when you hear about scams to inform the elderly people in your life.”

This month’s class on August 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. is limited to 50, and it’s filling up fast with mostly elderly participants. But, Corley says if there is continued interest, they’re considering adding an extra day for another class. For more information on how to register, contact the Bay County Sheriff’s office at 850-215-5439.

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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.