Eagle i: Outfoxing the senior scam sham

Sanitasole to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In anticipation of his presentation “Outfoxing the Senior Scam Sham,” to be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Keith Dameron, VP/manager at Orion Bank, pays a surprise visit to the clients at Sanitasole. Seen here, left to right, are Betty Iannello and Gloria Saul, seated, with David Kocourek and Jean Reed, standing. The presentation observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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In anticipation of his presentation “Outfoxing the Senior Scam Sham,” to be presented at 7 p.m., Monday, Keith Dameron, VP/manager at Orion Bank, pays a surprise visit to the clients at Sanitasole. Seen here, left to right, are Betty Iannello and Gloria Saul, seated, with David Kocourek and Jean Reed, standing. The presentation observes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

When Islander Keith Dameron entered “Scams Senior Citizens” on a Google search recently, he received 454,000 listings within one second.

“There seems to be no end to the crafty creativity of scammers when it comes to employing scams for their most vulnerable targets … seniors,” Dameron said. “It’s today’s reality but awareness can make all the difference in thwarting it.”

Thankfully, protecting oneself is possible through a number of simple actions as Dameron will assure when he presents, Outfoxing the Senior Scam Sham, at Sanitasole, Marco Island’s Premier Place for Senior Health, at 7 p.m. Monday. The event is free and open to the public, though reservations are recommended due to space limitations.

“On Monday we’re observing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at Sanitasole because advocacy and education is what we’re all about,” said Paula Camposano-Robinson, vice president of clinical services.

“Everyone is encouraged to wear the color purple as a sign of solidarity with our elders. Keith is so attuned to issues that could threaten their safety — especially economically — and we are thrilled to have him as our guest to do this important presentation.”

As vice president and bank manager at the Marco Island branch of Orion Bank, Dameron’s affable, statesmanlike presence throughout the community has become his trademark. His presentation will focus on the types of scams that have been and are being perpetrated in our area: Sweepstakes’ telephone scams, jury duty scams, lottery scams, ATM devices capturing card information, check fraud, credit card “swiping” devices, work-at-home scams including “mystery shoppers,” pyramid schemes and identity theft.

“While there certainly are other important topics that can be covered, I don’t want to create too much confusion — or fear,” Dameron explained. “By creating greater awareness, the vulnerability factor is reduced considerably.”

If you go:

What: “Outfoxing the Senior Scam Sham”

Where: Sanitasole, Marco Island’s Premier Place of Senior Health, 218 South Barfield Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145

When: 6:30–7 p.m.

RSVP: (239) 389-6100 or e-mail probinson@sanitasole.net.

For more information: Contact Bernadette La Paglia, Client Relations Director, at (239) 394-9928.

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