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Maryanne Portugues, 69, knows all too well about scams targeting older adults.

 

“The first time I ever got a call was years ago telling me that my Social Security benefits were going to stop,” she told WBFO. “After I started thinking and realized what I was getting upset over, (I thought), they don’t do this.”

 

Portugues and others at the Belle Senior Center on Buffalo’s West Side received a free seminar on how to protect themselves from scams Thursday. It was part of AT&T’s “Digital You and Cyber Aware” public education campaign, in collaboration with state Sen. Tim Kennedy and the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

 

Many parents will likely see the word “Fingerlings” at the top of their child’s holiday gift wish list this year. However, at the top of the Better Business Bureau's list is a warning.

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Every two seconds, someone’s identity is snatched through fraud.

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As tax day approaches, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning taxpayers to be on the alert for potential scams by tax preparers.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to help seniors who have been financially exploited by phone and online scams. Scammers hack personal information and trick seniors into giving them money.

This is a time of year for an annual scam, posing as the Internal Revenue Service and and asking for money over the phone. Attorney Nicole Parshall says the real IRS puts it in writing. She's our guest this week on You & The Law, talking about scams on seniors.


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Consumers across the western New York region are encouraged to protect their rights and watch for scams.