Attorney General Roy Cooper warns senior citizens about scams

The Department of Justice wants senior citizens to protect themselves from scams and frauds. Attorney General Roy Cooper says there are ways to avoid becoming a target.

He spoke to a crowd of senior citizens at the Tyvola Senior Center about how to keep your guard up at all times.

The most popular scams to look for, according to the Department of Justice, are telephone frauds, identity theft and repair scams.

Some tips the department suggests to follow are: guard your numbers, don't pay money up front to get a loan, be aware of door to door contractors, and avoid get-rick quick schemes.

Attorney General Roy Cooper says the more you practice these safety precautions, the less likely you're become a victim.

"There are so many ways that criminals can figure out ways to trick you and to fool you. Not only out of your money, but maybe out of your personal information and your identity," he said.

The department of justice hopes everyone who attended the event will take what they've learned and protect themselves from becoming a target.

Anyone can report potential scams by filling out a consumer complaint form online at NCDOG.GOV