A 77-year-old woman from Stevens Point is speaking out after someone claimed to be her granddaughter and tried to steal thousands of dollars from her. It started when her phone rang and a girl called her "grandma" when she answered, the girl claimed to be in jail and in need of $5,000 to bail her out of jail. The scammers tried to convince her to pay over the phone, but she insisted she would come to the police station to pay the bond which was when the scammers hung up.
Bankers in Stevens Point said it's unfortunate that people take advantage of the elderly like this situation.
"Generally they are the victims because they are very vulnerable, trusting," Mary Foltz from the Old National Bank in Stevens Point said.
A report from 2015 says more than 900,000 seniors skipped meals due to elder financial abuse. Due to statistics like this, Wisconsin's Department of Justice teamed up with the Wisconsin Bankers Association, Wisconsin Credit Union League and Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to create a training video aimed to educate tellers and bankers on how to spot financial elder abuse.
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