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August 22, 2015 (El Cajon)--Learn how to avoid getting reeled in by financial scammers and other crooks at East County’s first-ever “Don’t Get Hooked” event set for Wednesday, Sept. 23, in El Cajon.

The free presentation and lunch is geared toward seniors and caregivers and 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.

“A lot of crooks see seniors as easy prey and try to rip them off over the phone or through email and snail mail,” said Supervisor Jacob. “This event will arm our elderly with important tips on how to avoid these swindlers.”

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon. Check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m.

To attend the event, call 844-899-1597 by Sept.17 or register online at

Experts from county Aging and Independence Services, Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk's office and Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office will also be on hand to offer advice and answer questions.

They will also provide take-home materials and talk about some of the most common swindles, including the “grandma scam” and the “IRS scam.”

Supervisor Jacob and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis recently teamed up to bring more attention to the issue of senior scams and to offer advice through a countywide public awareness campaign dubbed “Don’t Get Hooked.”

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