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FBI, sheriff's offices in central Florida team up to help prevent elder fraud

Older female on phone showing signs of distress

Federal data show Florida's older population is susceptible to internet scams. In 2021, the state ranked second in the nation with 9,645 victims of elder fraud. Combined, those individuals lost $224,205,716.

The FBI, along with state and local law enforcement agencies in Central Florida, are joining forces to educate local seniors and their caregivers on the latest scams and technology cyber criminals use. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), 92,371 Americans over the age of 60 reported losing $1.7 billion total to financial scams in 2021, which was nearly 75% more than in 2020. FBI Jacksonville public information officer Amanda Videll says the goal is to keep seniors safe and shine a light on scammers.

Who’s Targeting You? The latest tricks fraudsters are using to get your hard-earned money!

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Mike is a multimedia content producer for WUFT News and can be reached by calling 352-273-2274 or emailing