Officials in Illinois Warn Seniors of New Scam

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  • There’s a new scam targeting senior citizens and their cash in Illinois.

    The Illinois Department of Aging says that two elderly women were scammed out of nearly $7000.  Authorities said the man told the women that he worked for their bank and a teller was stealing from their accounts.

    He then asked women to withdraw money from their account and met up with him in an effort to protect them from the alleged thief.

    Springfield police said that scam artist made off almost $7000 from the two women.

    Officials at the Illinois Department of Aging advise seniors to never give personal and bank information to anyone over the phone or through email.

    In 2011, the department started a training program advising bank and credit union staff members on how to detect and report suspicious bank behavior. Since the training started, the state has been able to uncover and prevent several scams.

    (Photo: AP)

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