Sheriff tells seniors how to deal with scam artists

Sheriff tells seniors how to deal with scam artists
Judge Neil Harris spoke about probate issues and drawing up a will. He warned them to avoid internet will forms and instead, get advice from and speak to a lawyer in person.  (Photo source: WLOX)
Judge Neil Harris spoke about probate issues and drawing up a will. He warned them to avoid internet will forms and instead, get advice from and speak to a lawyer in person.  (Photo source: WLOX)

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The old adage says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell shared that advice with about 100 senior citizens attending a conference at the Gautier Convention Center.

Called "Scam Slam", the event was organized by a group called SALT, which stands for seniors and lawyers working together. Sheriff Ezell warned the seniors to be especially vigilant against phone scams.

"I know you were raised to be polite," said the sheriff, "But it's okay to hang up on these people."

Judge Neil Harris spoke about probate issues and drawing up a will. He warned them to avoid internet will forms and instead, get advice from and speak to a lawyer in person.

An assistant district attorney spoke about the most common frauds targeted toward seniors, and how to avoid them.

Steve Phillips will have more on the Scam Slam tonight on WLOX News Now at 6pm.

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