Lake Charles Police Department Hosts Senior Fraud Awareness Seminar

By Calcasieu Staff
Published January 22, 2024

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Lake Charles, Louisiana – The City of Lake Charles is taking a proactive approach to protect its senior citizens from fraudulent acts. On Wednesday, January 31, from 9:15 – 10 am, the Lake Charles Police Department (LCPD) will host a Senior Fraud Awareness Seminar at the Lake Charles Senior Center located at 1530 5th St.

Topics that will be covered include check fraud, phone scams, gift card scams, and identity theft.

Seniors are often prime targets for scammers due to a variety of reasons, including their potential vulnerability, trusting nature, and lack of awareness about the latest fraudulent tactics. The LCPD is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the senior community by equipping them with the knowledge and tools necessary to protect themselves.

The seminar will feature experts from the LCPD who will provide important information and tips on recognizing and preventing fraudulent activities. Attendees will learn about the common signs of scams, how to identify potential fraudsters, and steps they can take to safeguard their personal and financial information.

In recent years, fraudulent acts targeting seniors have become increasingly prevalent, causing financial losses and emotional distress.

“While no one is immune from being a target of crime, our senior population is often more susceptible to falling victim to scams, schemes and other unscrupulous behaviors,” said LCPD Chief Shawn Caldwell. “We are looking forward to visiting with members of our senior community and providing a little insight on steps they can take to protect themselves from being a victim.”

The Senior Fraud Awareness Seminar is free of charge.

Those wanting more information on this educational seminar can contact the Lake Charles Senior Center by calling (337) 433-0805.