Teny Wood, a longtime Graham senior, received a call from someone claiming to be her grandson. The caller wanted her to wire him $1,000. But Wood knew he was not her grandson and hung up.
Anyone who receives mail, owns a computer or answers the phone can be victim of a scam, said David Wolf, Senior Focus director. Tony Widner, chief of Graham Police Department said that 13 people in Graham have complained about home improvement scams despite a city council resolution which forbids people offering services door-by-door.
Wolf said that some seniors as well as other victims may be hesitant to tell the police or even tell their family members.
But he, GPD and Jennifer Bond, a caseworker for Adult Protection Services, can be advocates for seniors.
David Wolf, Senior Focus Director at Graham Regional Medical Center, led a seminar and panel discussion about scams targeting seniors. Joy Moody, GRMC social worker, Jennifer Bond, Adult Protective Services Case Worker and Tony Widner, Graham Police Department Chief, can all be advocates for senior scam victims. (By Gay Storms)