Partnership to protect seniors from scams

REGION - The Michigan State Police (MSP) Seventh District has partnered with the Commission on Aging “Meals on Wheels” program to help protect senior citizens from the latest scams targeting them.

“We were looking for a way to reach the senior population we usually don’t have access to,” said Lt. Derrick Carroll, the public information officer for the MSP Seventh District. “We know the best way to fight criminals targeting our seniors is through education and prevention. That’s when we decided to develop a placemat with the most common scams targeting seniors. We reached out to the local Commissions on Aging in the 19 counties our district serves and was overwhelmed by the support. The plan included the MSP printing up placemats for delivery to homebound seniors participating in the Meals on Wheels program. The Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver the placemats we printed along with the meal. It’s a perfect match for what we wanted to accomplish.”

So far, the MSP has delivered almost 6,000 placemats for distribution throughout northern Michigan. If you would like to know more about this program or would like the MSP to do a presentation on scams targeting our senior citizens, you may contact Lt. Carroll at 989-619-5423.



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