SENIORS VS. CRIME

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Consumer-conscious senior citizens in Florida have the opportunity to volunteer their time and energy to help the Attorney General’s Office fight back against con artists who typically prey on their number. They can become part of a statewide program known as “Seniors vs. Crime.”

In 2013 alone, Seniors vs. Crime helped recover $2.7 million for senior citizens who were victims of deceptive and unfair trade practices. The Senior Sleuths even helped resolve a case that resulted in a $1.4 million payout for a single complainant who had allegedly been attempting to reclaim the money for years before contacting the Seniors vs. Crime program. Last year, Senior Sleuths assisted law enforcement officers in criminal cases that led to at least 21 arrests. Seniors vs. Crime provides services through 40 main offices and six branches statewide.

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Formed in 1989 by the Attorney General, Vern Thornton and the American Association of Retired Persons, the program uses retired citizens not only to educate Floridians on consumer fraud but also to help in some consumer investigations. In addition, the volunteers regularly conduct seminars on how seniors can protect themselves from becoming crime victims.

For more information, please contact Shelia Parish at okaloosacountysvc@yahoo.com or visit the Crestview office, located at 296 S. Ferdon Blvd., Suite 8, Crestview, Florida 32536.

For program information, consumer inquiries, consumer complaints, or to schedule a Consumer Seminar, please call 1-800-203-3099