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Anyone can become the victim of a scam.

Did you know that not just wealthy seniors are targeted? Low-income seniors are also at risk for financial abuse.

Often times, the people behind the schemes are people close to their victims. More than 90 percent of all reported elder abuse is committed by a family member —  most often their own children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews.

Heritage Woods of Sterling hosted an Elder Scam Forum this summer that was very well attended. The event was sponsored by United Way of Whiteside County, A.C.T. and the Whiteside County Senior Center.

The interactive question-and-answer session was informative and provided some great tips on what to avoid.

A special thank you to our guest panel, which included fraud specialists from the Whiteside County Senior Center, Sterling Police Department and Sauk Valley Bank.

As a reference, we also wanted to share some of the most common elder scams. Click on the highlighted links below to learn more: