DA seeking better consumer alert access with seniors

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WICHITA, Kan. -- It's a sad fact that the elderly all too often fall prey to scammers.

That's so despite so much consumer alert news is being broadcast and put out through numerous sources including the internet.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office is frustrated to hear from seniors being scammed even though a consumer alert was widely broadcast before the incidents.

District Attorney Marc Bennett says, "Unfortunately there are just too many scammers out there.. especially targeting the elderly who are particularly vulnerable to these kinds of things because they may not watch the news. They probably don't access the internet for their information. So they're not catching our website and our Facebook page where we try to post these things as well."

Bennett says it's not enough for members of his office to speak to seniors at assisted living centers, churches and or through organizations. There are too many, he says, simply not getting consumer news on scams.

Bennett says, "We've got to get the message out to people. There's nothing sadder than having someone get taken advantage of on a consumer fraud that we warned people about in the last six months. They just never got the message."

The D.A.'s office has communications lists. But they want to expand to reach more elderly with the consumer alerts we put out on KAKE news. They want to develop means of contacting those folks on a regular basis to give them the knowledge so they not fall victim to scams.

Sharon Werner is the Director of the Consumer Protection Division in the District Attorney's office.

Werner says "They're exposure to these media blasts simply may not exist. And sometimes we'll get phone calls and it's obvious we missed a segment of the population."

Here are a couple of ways to get contact information to the District Attorney's office.

Sharon Werner, Director, Consumer Protection Division 316-660-3653.

email: consumer@sedgwick.gov

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