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East County News Service


January 14, 2016 (San Diego) -- A special forum will be held in San Diego on February. 11 to educate seniors and caregivers on how to avoid financial scammers and other crooks.


Those interested in the free presentation and breakfast at the College Area Baptist Church, 4747 College Ave., San Diego, can register by calling 844-899-1597 or sign up at


The “Don’t Get Hooked” forum will be led by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Speakers will include scam victims, Sheriff’s Department Det. Maureen Perkins and Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, an expert on elder abuse and financial crimes.


It will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. A free continental breakfast and event check-in will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Organizers are asking those interested to register by February 7.


“This event will arm our elderly and caregivers with vital information on how to avoid swindlers and other flim-flam artists,” Jacob said. “Many crooks see our seniors as easy prey and try to rip them off over the phone or through email and snail mail.”


Experts from the San Diego Police Department, county Aging and Independence Services and the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's office will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions.


They will also provide “Don’t Get Hooked” booklets and talk about some of the most common swindles, including the “grandma scam” and the “IRS scam.”


This is the second in a series of “Don’t Get Hooked” events hosted by Jacob in her district. She and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis teamed up last year to bring more attention to the growing issue of senior scams. For more information, go to