Seniors vs. Crime office battles fraud aimed at older residents

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J.B. Whitten, manager of Okaloosa County Seniors vs. Crime, encourages senior victims of fraud or scams to contact his office.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 05:43 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Seniors vs. Crime has a message for shady contractors, crooked auto maintenance shops and anyone else who thinks they can defraud a senior citizen:

They're onto you.

However, there's not much the office can do about Internet scams such as Nigerian princes with fortunes to share, Microsoft Lottery winners and phony bank notifications, J.B. Whitten said.

"We just got one on our Seniors vs. Crime email (account) from Regions Bank telling us to confirm our account details," he said. "We don't even bank with Regions Bank."

Whitten, a retired schoolteacher and former Air Force officer, manages Seniors vs. Crime's small Crestview office, which also serves neighboring counties.

The service is a special project of the Florida attorney general. Whitten and his staff of volunteers also work closely with local law enforcement agencies.

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