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How An Altoids Box Can Protect You From Identity Thieves

ROGERS, AR. -- According to the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, identity theft is the fastest growing problem in the U.S. for the past 11 years. Seniors are no exception to this.
ROGERS, AR. -- On Wednesday, The Benton County Sheriff's office, along with the Arkansas Attorney General's office, put on the Senior Safety Seminar.

Those in attendance, like Arlene Farmer, learned how to arm themselves against identity thieves and scam artists.

"I'm just always leery, just hesitant, real hesitant," said Arlene.

At 80 years old, Arlene knows that people her age are prime targets for scams. So, for the third year in a row, Arlene attended the Senior Safety Seminar in hopes of keeping her personal information, private and her homes, secure.

The Benton County Sheriff's office and The Arkansas Attorney General put together the program.

Stephen Svetz is an investigator at the AG's office.

He says right now, there are two big scams in The Natural State. Both of which are aimed at hurting the elderly.

"The favored grandparent scam is when somebody wilL call and say 'grandma grandpa' and the grandparent will say that grandson granddaughters name. 'Oh Billy, what's the matter? 'Can you western union me 2500 bucks?'" said Svetz. "Lottery scams is a big one where someone will get a check in the mail and it's written on real check paper. Unfortunately, people think that these are real."

Svetz also said to keep your personal cards, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security card all somewhere safe. He recommends an Altoids box to store such important documents.

Thanks to the seminar, Arlene hopes her knowledge will protect her against any kind of crook that comes her way.

Click here for more tips on protecting yourself against scam artists.

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