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Fraud Target: Senior Citizens

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  • VIRAL VIDEO: Driver miraculously walks away after car goes airborne, careens towards gas pumps

    VIRAL VIDEO: Driver miraculously walks away after car goes airborne, careens towards gas pumps

    Friday, June 22 2018 3:30 PM EDT2018-06-22 19:30:43 GMT
    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. Source: WLBTSurveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. Source: WLBT

    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. 

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    Surveillance cameras on a brand new gas station and convenience store capture a white compact sedan apparently speeding down Old Fannin Road towards Lakeland Drive in Flowood. 

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  • Tree falls on camper in Ohio killing woman and granddaughter

    Tree falls on camper in Ohio killing woman and granddaughter

    Saturday, June 23 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-06-23 21:39:38 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Authorities say a large tree has fallen on a camper in southwest Ohio, killing a woman and her young granddaughter.

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    Authorities say a large tree has fallen on a camper in southwest Ohio, killing a woman and her young granddaughter.

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  • Fire reported at Omnisource Recycling plant

    Fire reported at Omnisource Recycling plant

    Saturday, June 23 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-06-24 03:47:50 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    If you were in North Toledo Saturday night, you may have seen smoke just billowing into the air. Toledo fire crews were called out to a fire at Omnisource Recycling plant.  Crews got to the plant on North Detroit just after 6 p.m. and they say a pile of sheet iron caught fire. Right now that fire is out and fire crews say there are no environmental issues or runoff problems.

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    If you were in North Toledo Saturday night, you may have seen smoke just billowing into the air. Toledo fire crews were called out to a fire at Omnisource Recycling plant.  Crews got to the plant on North Detroit just after 6 p.m. and they say a pile of sheet iron caught fire. Right now that fire is out and fire crews say there are no environmental issues or runoff problems.

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Source: www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors

  • Senior citizens are most likely to have a "nest egg," to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.
  • People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say "no" or just hang up the telephone.
  • Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don't know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don't know they have been scammed. Elderly victims may not report crimes, for example, because they are concerned that relatives may think the victims no longer have the mental capacity to take care of their own financial affairs.
  • When an elderly victim does report the crime, they often make poor witnesses. Con artists know the effects of age on memory, and they are counting on elderly victims not being able to supply enough detailed information to investigators. In addition, the victims' realization that they have been swindled may take weeks—or more likely, months—after contact with the fraudster. This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details from the events.
  • Senior citizens are more interested in and susceptible to products promising increased cognitive function, virility, physical conditioning, anti-cancer properties, and so on. In a country where new cures and vaccinations for old diseases have given every American hope for a long and fruitful life, it is not so unbelievable that the con artists' products can do what they claim.

All the information on senior scams seen here comes from http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/seniors. Read more about common scams and how to protect your loved ones here.

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  • Wauseon firefighter a source of comfort for girl at Sara's Garden

    Wauseon firefighter a source of comfort for girl at Sara's Garden

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:53 PM EDT2018-06-24 16:53:26 GMT
    Friendship blossoms for Wauseon firefighter, Jason Fisher, and girl, Brooklen, at Sara's Garden (Source: Shena Thomas Cramner)Friendship blossoms for Wauseon firefighter, Jason Fisher, and girl, Brooklen, at Sara's Garden (Source: Shena Thomas Cramner)

    Sometimes to get through life’s toughest moments, what you need most is a friend. For one brave girl, that friendship was found in a Wauseon firefighter. Brooklen is an 11-year-old girl who was born with schizencephaly, a form of cerebral palsy.

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    Sometimes to get through life’s toughest moments, what you need most is a friend. For one brave girl, that friendship was found in a Wauseon firefighter. Brooklen is an 11-year-old girl who was born with schizencephaly, a form of cerebral palsy.

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  • OVI checkpoint to take place this week

    OVI checkpoint to take place this week

    Sunday, June 24 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-06-24 13:12:06 GMT
    (Source: WTOL)(Source: WTOL)

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced on Sunday that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week. 

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    The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced on Sunday that troopers will operate an OVI checkpoint to deter and intercept impaired drivers this week. 

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  • First Alert Forecast: Dry and warm weekend wrap-up

    First Alert Forecast: Dry and warm weekend wrap-up

    Tuesday chances for a few storms will remain but the oppressive heat simmers with highs back into the 80s.

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    Tuesday chances for a few storms will remain but the oppressive heat simmers with highs back into the 80s.

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