Central Ohio Senior Citizens Banding Together To Fight Crime
Senior citizens are taking new interest in crime-fighting program.
You may have heard of S.A.L.T. But we're not talking about the kind you put on the roads to help with the snow and ice.
S.A.L.T. Stands for "Seniors and Law Enforcement Together."
It’s monthly program that educates seniors about the latest crimes and criminals targeting senior citizens.
"These criminals change constantly what they're doing," says Tom Durflinger who is the Crime Prevention Coordinator with the Grove City Police Department. "We want to stay on top of that and give (seniors) the latest information."
Mark List has lived in Grove City for decades, and now at 73-years-old, he says he knows his age makes him a prime target for scammers.
"We hang up the phone very rapidly," says List. "I think that's the safest thing to do."
List and his wife recently attended S.A.L.T.'s first open-house meeting in December.
They plan to attend future monthly meetings that will educate them on how to avoid the newest schemes targeting senior citizens.
"My older brother lost over $30,000 to a phone scam," says List. "He wired over $30,000 to them and the lot is only worth about $4,000."
Durflinger says he's not surprised when he hears stories of how victims fall prey to scammers who are targeting their emotions and their money.
"I talked to a lady a couple of months ago that was scammed out of $3,000-4,000 with the grandma scam. And, she sent money to bail him out of jail that actually wasn't her grandson," says Durflinger, who plans to hold the next S.A.L.T. meeting on January 11 in Grove City.
Durflinger also says the Jackson Township fire department is also teaming up with S.A.L.T. to better teach seniors how to stay safe in their homes with fire hazards, tripping obstacles, and medical issues.
Police say the best rule of thumb for seniors-- or anyone for that matter-- if you get an email or phone call that sounds fishy-- simply don't respond. And report that scam to police so they can track it.
S.A.L.T. meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 1pm in Grove City.
Contact your local law enforcement to see if they have a similar SALT program near you.