SHIRLEY -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan hosted a senior protection seminar at the Shirley Council on Aging to discuss ways that seniors can avoid being victims of scams and elder abuse. District Attorney Ryan was joined by Shirley Chief of Police Samuel Santiago, Shirley Council on Aging Director Ann Towne and members of the Shirley Police Department.
Ryan's presentation to seniors included tips on how to handle unsolicited calls for donations, where seniors can go for helpful information or services and how to protect personal information from identity theft.
"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Ryan said.
In addition, she urged attendees to be skeptical if they receive a phone call or letter claiming they will get money for providing a social security number or personal information. Ryan says age-old safety precautions still apply in these modern times: lock your front door, never give personal information to strangers, and do not allow people into your home even if they say they have an emergency and need to use your phone. Finally, Ryan says if you think you have been a victim of a scam, speak up, and tell someone and report the crime to a law enforcement authority.
The Middlesex District Attorney's Office's Senior Protection Program partners with local police departments, elder services and community-based banks to educate seniors on how to stay safe, avoid scams and theft and report abuse.
Before becoming district attorney, Ryan served as chief of the Middlesex District Attorney's Office's Elder and Disabled Unit, where she prosecuted a myriad of crimes involving financial abuse and physical abuse of the most vulnerable victims. For more information: middlesexda.com/prosecution/elder-disabled.php