Seniors are one of the most targeted groups by scam artists nationwide.
And with more and more seniors using the internet, it opens new avenues for crooks to steal their money..
Pike County leaders hosted its elder justice day to educate this vulnerable group on what to look out for and how to turn the tables.
"There are alot of scams out there we aren't aware of"
"For Joan Smith it started with a phone call
"I got one last year and they were asking for my checking account number. "
Smith assumed it was her bank calling
"They said they needed my account number from my checking account to make sure everything was running properly."
Smith admits she would have provided the number, but credits her poor vision from avoiding that mistake.
"I was tempted but I couldn't read anything or I probably would have given it to them. "
Smith's not alone, crooks view seniors as easy prey
"Seniors are trusting and they often think people are there to help them. "
But spotting them can be tricky - many are hiding in plain sight.
"If you're looking for a job, you're vulnerable, if you're looking for romance you're vulnerable."
George Clark, a federal investigator with the US Postal service, finds many con artists are using Facebook, dating sites and even Craigslist to hunt victims.
"They are sort of embedding themselves in these everyday sites that people use and look for things on. "
Clark also warns of a new international one-ring phone scam . The scheme relies on the person calling the number back to make money.
" Its really a disguised 1900 number, the old one-nine hundred number and if you call it back then your phone company is going to end up charging you a boatload of money."
and Clark points out its nearly impossible to get that money back.
" Don't do it, do get victimized because solving and unraveling that might not happen."
More than a hundred people attended Elder Justice Day and everyone of them left surprised by the depths crooks will sink to - just to steal the only money they have left.