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Workshop to warn local seniors about scams

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 8/20/2013 11:50 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Surveillance video caught thieves in the act, sliding into cars while unsuspecting victims are pumping gas.

Jerry Jones, a senior citizen who lives in Downtown Jacksonville, told Action News he's now more careful since his sister fell prey to one of these sneaky bandits at an Orange Park gas station this month.

"They got her GPS and our daughter's purse that quick," said Jones.

The AARP is now warning seniors about a crime trend pulled off by so-called "sliders" who slide into unlocked cars at gas stations and steal pocket books, cash and valuables.

Coincidentally, Tasha Carter, Director of Florida's Division of Consumer Services, arrived in Jacksonville Tuesday night to host a workshop for seniors Downtown at the Mary Singleton Center Wednesday morning at 10:00.

In cooperation with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Florida's Financial Services Department will host the public workshop designed to teach seniors how to better protect themselves. It's called "Operation S.A.F.E." (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation)

"We want to make sure we are protecting seniors and allowing them to keep their hard-earned money in their pocket where it belongs," said Carter.

Seniors wishing to attend the 90-minute seminar can register at the door.

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