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Scams against seniors raise concerns for residents

Investigators have many tips to avoid being scammed (Source: WALB) Investigators have many tips to avoid being scammed (Source: WALB)
Scams aimed towards seniors raise concerns (Source: WALB) Scams aimed towards seniors raise concerns (Source: WALB)
A couple recalls being targeted twice within a short amount of time (Source: WALB) A couple recalls being targeted twice within a short amount of time (Source: WALB)
Pastor A.J. Neely (Source: WALB) Pastor A.J. Neely (Source: WALB)
Lt. Julie Wood (Source: WALB) Lt. Julie Wood (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A Dougherty County man thinks senior citizens like him are being targeted more by scammers. Sheriff's Investigators say they hear about scams almost every day.

Pastor A.J. Neely and his wife received a package in the mail this week, including a check for $1,800. Right away he knew it was too good to be true.

Neely spends more of his time now that he is retired in his garden, but says he is also receiving more scam come-ons.

"When I turned 55, now I'm 62 years old. It's getting worse. The phone calls, the stuff in the mail," said Neely.

Neely's wife found that the package offered her hundreds of dollars to be a secret shopper for Walmart and Kmart. In the package was the check for $1,800.

Sheriff's Investigators say they see the same scam almost daily.

"They usually send it in a Fed Ex envelope of a Postal Service envelope. It looks official, but it's not," said Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office Lt. Julie Wood.

Neely said the package came after a scam call claiming to be from the IRS.

"We got a call that we owed the IRS money and if we don't pay the Sheriff is coming in 20 minutes to arrest us. So I told her the caller she is a scam. Send the Sheriff and I'm waiting. And they hang up," said Neely.

Sheriff's Investigators say the scammers are getting bolder, and people keep falling for the schemes because they are desperate.

"We do seen a lot of the senior citizens who are victims or receive the calls. But there are younger people," said Lt. Wood.

Neely wants to warn fellow seniors they are targets of the professional crooks.

"We got to wise up, this time. Because the economy is bad, and people do this for a living," said Neely.

The warning is to not give anyone your personal or financial information over the phone or e-mail.

Beware of job offers you never applied for, and never cash a check when you are required to wire back a portion of it.

Sheriff's Investigators say if you get a suspicious package and have doubts whether it's real, take it to your local law enforcement agency to have it checked out.

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