Attorney General Madigan warns seniors of scams

From the Register-Mail:

The money came at a perfect time for Betty Conner.

“We got a $4,800 check at a time when we really need it,” she said. “And we took it to the president of our bank, and he said, ‘I can’t cash it.’”

In the long run, that was a good thing for Conner. Because if the bank would have cashed it, she likely would have become one of approximately 31,000 annual victims of consumer fraud in Illinois.

“He said it would wind up costing us far more than $4,800,” said the Prairie City resident.

The fake check scam was just one of several fraud schemes targeting seniors outlined by Attorney General Lisa Madigan during her visit to Knox College Thursday.

Madigan was in town to kick off her office’s Silver Beat training program, which is aimed at helping a vulnerable segment of society — seniors. Conner was one of about 50 seniors who attended the event.