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Marvin Badler gives interview

10-8 Video of RD Wayne Picone

Wayne Piccone from the Florida Attorney General's Office comes by the 10-8 studio to discuss the Seniors Vs. Crime program.

Cape Coral seniors learn to protect against scams, fraud
Wink News
But some local seniors have armed themselves with information to protect against fraud and crime! Unfortunately its' something that's becoming all too ...


Seniors Fight Crime....And Win. 
Florida Times Union.
Posted Feb. 1, 2012
Jacksonville Senior Sleuths fight crime.


Westside Couple Seeks Mortgage Help Elderly Woman Faced With Scam Fights For Home
News4Jax.com.
POSTED: Friday, September 2, 2011
Barbara Parish and her husband Dean live in a home on Jacksonville's Westside. The Parish's said they've been living a nightmare for the past two years.

New Medicare scam falsely claims new cards are being issued
Sun-Sentinel
Al Payne, who manages the attorney general's Seniors vs. Crime office in Delray Beach, said his program has had similar reports. "I heard it's going around ...

Florida's 'Senior Sleuths' uncover scams against elderly
Sun-Sentinel
The Seniors vs. Crime project, which is expanding in South Florida, has thousands of volunteers who do the unglamorous work of investigating complaints from ...

Man posing as Palm Beach County court employee tries to scam elderly
Orlando Sentinel
"Be wary of any callers claiming you are owed money and asking for payment up front to help you get it," Bock wrote in a news release. The Seniors vs. Crime ...

Protect seniors' private info to guard abuse
Palm Beach Post
Payne, who heads Palm Beach County's Seniors vs. Crime program, a project of the Florida attorney general, deals with the victims of scams, ripoffs and con ...

In hard times, scams 'too good to be true
Protect seniors' private info to guard against scams, abuse
Palm Beach Post
Payne, who heads Palm Beach County's Seniors vs. Crime program, a project of the Florida attorney general, deals with the victims of scams, ripoffs and con ...

In hard times, scams 'too good to be true
Fernandina Beach News-Leader
Here, courtesy of Tom Cote-Merow, a volunteer with the advocacy group Seniors vs. Crime, are a few common scams: ~~ You've won an international lottery or ...

Scam calls target seniors: 'It's me, Grandma!'
Palm Beach Post
Jerry Feblowitz, a volunteer at Seniors vs. Crime in West Palm Beach, a special project of the Florida attorney general, said it's common for con artists ...

Seniors combat scams
Fernandina Beach News-Leader
By Ryan Smith, News-Leader The Nassau County Commission heard a presentation Monday on Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General ...

10 Service Groups That Are Making a Difference

Individuals who have found innovative ways to tackle seemingly intractable problems

8. Senior Sleuths

A recent study showed that about 1 in 5 people age 65 or older in the United States have been the victim of a financial scam. In 1989, to help combat the problem, Florida's then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth introduced Senior Sleuths. Today, over 200 volunteers work in 48 field offices statewide, taking victims' complaints. An additional 3,500 "eyes and ears" Sleuths log telemarketing calls, collect junk mail, and check on unscrupulous pharmacists who cheat them on their medications. Some even participate in stings.

Empty sales claims, rebates leave solar customers with big credit ...
Orlando Sentinel
... said Sandi Jernigan, coordinator of the Seniors vs. Crime office in Altamonte Springs, a program of the Florida Attorney General's Office. ...

 

 

Florida seniors a growing target for scam artists
Orlando Sentinel
Although it's difficult to get an accurate accounting of the number of actual victims, the state anti-crime group Seniors Vs. Crime says most seniors can ...

 

Cancel Deals When Insistent Door-to-Door Salesmen Pressure Elderly
The Ledger
We have seen a number of cases such as this in our Seniors vs. Crime Office. We are volunteers who help people of any age with civil matters which law ...

 

Avoid snuggling with salespeople
Orlando Sentinel
... said he would take care of it. We filed complaints with the attorney general, the Orange County Consumer Fraud Unit and Seniors vs. Crime.

 

1 in 5 seniors hurt by money crimes
Orlando Sentinel
Sandie Jernigan, program manager in Altamonte Springs for the Florida Attorney General's Seniors vs. Crime Program, said her caseload is heavier than ever. ...

 

Seniors should watch out for these five scams
WalletPop
Sandi Jernigan, Seminole County manager for the Seniors vs. Crime project in Florida, said she's seeing more and more seniors getting caught up in this type ...

 

Door to Door sales go wrong
ABC Action News
Seniors Vs Crime Manager, Dick Fearnow in Polk County tells me this consumer's story sounds like so many other door to door complaints, but this one may be ...

 

Caught in a scammer's trap? Seniors vs. crime can help
Palm Beach Post
Jackie Bond, 74, of West Palm Beach, turned to Seniors vs. Crime when a computer repair shop told her she could not have her computer back until she paid a ...

 

Fla. financial services company settles over data breach
Legal News Line
A contribution of $125000 to McCollum's Seniors vs. Crime Program for educational, investigative and crime prevention programs for the benefit of senior ...

 

Seniors Vs. Crime Project Office Opens In Orlando
Central Florida News 13
Seniors in Orlando have a new place where they can file complaints about scams and frauds. The Seniors vs. Crime Project office recently opened. ...

 

LaSertoma Club learns about 'Seniors vs. Crime'
News Chief
The program for the evening was "Seniors vs. Crime," and the speaker was Dick Fearnow. The primary goal of "Seniors vs. Crime" is to reduce the ...

 

Senior Sleuths program targets con-artists
Historic City News
For more information about the Seniors vs. Crime Project, or to help with a consumer related complaint, please call 1-800-203-3099.
...

Residents have options when dealing with phone scams
Villages Daily Sun
Wherry also encouraged residents to contact Seniors vs. Crime, the nonprofit organization that assists senior citizens who might have become victims of a ...

Write up in Justice Coalition, Jacksonville area free paper.
Jacksonville
Seniors Vs. Crime now open for seniors.

Senior Sleuths recover $67000 for residents
Ocala
OCALA - The local Seniors vs. Crime office opened in April 2008. Since that time, volunteer Senior Sleuths have recovered more than $67000 for residents who ...
 

Leading sleuths to protect seniors from fraud
Florida Times-Union
But the seniors who work with Jack Stuart are changing that. As volunteer manager of the Highlands office of Seniors vs. Crime in Jacksonville ...

Marion and Sumter counties Seniors vs. Crimes groups among state's ...

Villages Daily Sun

By KATIE BACKMAN Volunteers at Seniors vs. Crime offices in Marion and Sumter counties have started case files on more than 100 cases, carrying a value of ...

 

Senior Sleuths find niche in Jacksonville

Florida Times-Union

Crime office on Dunn Avenue on Friday. Jacksonville's Senior Sleuths are solving problems for senior citizens. And the Seniors vs. ...

 

Two Seniors Vs. Crime Offices Now Open

WJXT Jacksonville

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum was in Jacksonville for the opening of one of the city's two Seniors vs. Crime offices. The offices are staffed by ...

 

Attorney General Bill McCollum Joined the JSO for the Grand Opening

First Coast News

Bill McCollum joined the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in the grand opening of two Seniors vs. Crime offices. The offices are in the JSO substations in the ...

 

 

Seniors vs. Crime reaches $1 million milestone

Villages Daily Sun

By KATIE BACKMAN, DAILY SUN THE VILLAGES — The Seniors vs. Crime Sumter County Office has reached the $1 million mark of money returned to clients who were ...

Officials urge use of sense for Census

Villages Daily Sun

By KATIE BACKMAN, DAILY SUN Seniors vs. Crime officials advise residents to be cautious of 2010 Census scams that might arise. ...

 Seniors vs. Crime hosts training event, awards ceremony

Villages Daily Sun

Crime. Lifsey, Marion County Seniors vs. Crime office manager, was recognized for his service and dedication to the nonprofit organization since 2006. ...

 

Financial exploitation of seniors becoming critical reality

Villages Daily Sun

The close-knit nature of The Villages' neighborhoods like Puleo's may explain why Steve Renico, a state Seniors vs. Crime deputy director and a Grovewood ...

 

Residents warned of potential for phone scam

Villages Daily Sun

 Seniors vs. Crime representatives cannot help residents with this problem because it's difficult to track down the suspects, Renico said. Seniors vs. ...

 

Residents should use care in making donations to relief efforts

Villages Daily Sun

The first step to avoid a scam is to not donate to unsolicited calls or e-mails, Stephen Renico, deputy regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, said. ...

Area residents attend Sheriff's Office safety awareness workshop
Villages Daily Sun
The seminar presented crime prevention tips and recent crime statistics. Bryan Lifsey, office manager of Marion County Seniors vs. Crime, said the seminar ...

Simple travel tips can help keep holiday season a safe one
Villages Daily Sun
Stephen Renico, deputy regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, said deciding what to bring for the trip should start with residents' wallets or purses. ...

Be aware of scam warnings
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
Residents should ask to see contractor's license, insurance policy and references, said Stephen Renico, deputy regional director of Seniors vs. Crime. ...

Dawson: Where is the outrage? Right here.
Orlando Sentinel
So ugly I sent it and several other "deals" to Seniors vs. Crime, which has expressed interest. Beyond the legalities, on a simple human level, ...

Scam uses IRS pose to extract information
Villages Daily Sun
... as representatives from the Internal Revenue Service are sent to them via e-mail, said Stephen Renico, deputy regional director of Seniors vs. Crime. ...

Tip can help prevent identity theft
Villages Daily Sun
... they could reduce the chances of becoming a victim of identity theft, said Stephen Renico, deputy regional director of Seniors vs. Crime. ...

Help for seniors who feel they've been scammed
WWSB ABC 7
If they call us we can make those calls with less drama," says Valarie Kandel, Seniors vs Crime. The Seniors vs Crime agency is a special project of the ...

Klaes is challenging Soesbe for First Ward seat
Clinton Herald
...
Soesbe volunteers at the Clinton Historical Society, is a commander of the American Legion post and is a Seniors Vs. Crime board member. ...

Today's Calendar
Pensacola News Journal
Judy Ertl, Region 5 deputy director of Seniors Vs. Crime, will present a program on financial fraud. Information provided by the Financial Institution ...

Villager helps thwart mail scam
Villages Daily Sun
Stephen Renico, deputy regional director of Seniors vs. Crime, said any unsolicited mail or e-mail requesting personal information should be a warning that ...

GB Hospital Auxiliary plans fundraisers
Gulf Breeze News
The program will feature Judy Ertl, of Seniors vs. Crime. Ertl will focus on financial fraud and answer the following questions. What is it? ...

Elder army takes action against crime
ABC Action News
"Hi, Don Davidson from Seniors Versus Crime," Don says when he answers the phone. In many respects, Don Davidson and other senior sleuths act as an arm of ...

Bulletin Board: A listing of events in Palm Beach County
Sun-Sentinel.com
Seniors vs. Crime, provides help to seniors who have been victimized by businesses or service providers and need assistance. 10 am-noon, Mae Volen Senior ...

Company Agrees To Shut Down
WPBF
The owner, Scott Berman, agreed to pay $118000 in restitution to customers and another $10000 to the AG's Seniors vs. Crime unit. "This is an instance where ...

Villagers remain vigilant of scammers
Villages Daily Sun
“They need to be diligent,” Seniors vs. Crime deputy regional director Steve Renico said. A recent scam to come across Lady Lake police officers' desks, ...

Project delay floors customers
Orlando Sentinel
Seniors vs. Crime, the estimable organization that protects Florida seniors against many varieties of human predators, has issued a fresh alert about an old ...

Bulletin Board: A listing of events in Palm Beach County
Sun-Sentinel.com
Free. Call 561-338-1473 to make a reservation. Seniors vs. Crime, provides help to those who have complaints about businesses or service providers. ...

Bad storm reminder hurricanes on the way
St. Augustine Record - St. Augustine,FL,USA
Penny Van Pelt, the manager of Seniors vs. Crime, a watchdog group that investigates fraud, was at the expo with tips for seniors. Van Pelt said the elderly ...

Seniors, this one's for you
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
I want to thank "Seniors vs. Crime" (a special project of the Florida attorney general) for assistance in resolving a problem I had recently with a local ...

 

State representative connects constituents to officials
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
Such cases illustrate why Villagers must take care with their personal business, said Steve Renico, a deputy regional director with Seniors vs. Crime and a ...

 

Summer hours for Seniors vs. Crime storefront to begin June 2
Citrus Daily - Local Citrus County News - Inverness,FL,USA
BEVERLY HILLS - Starting Tuesday, June 2, the Seniors vs. Crime storefront will officially begin its summer hours of operation for June, July and August. ...

 

Couple serve as office managers for Seniors vs. Crime
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
Several years ago, the two decided to volunteer for the Seniors vs. Crime Project, and when they learned about the two offices in The Villages, ...

Rental agency disolves, leaving some Villages homeowners unpaid
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
During the past few weeks, Seniors vs. Crime, a volunteer agency that specializes in consumer protection, has received more than a dozen complaints about ...

Visitors get good advice, pampering
News Chief - Winter Haven,FL,USA
The Polk County Sheriff's Office was present with the Seniors vs. Crime program. Dick Fearnow explained that the program assists seniors that have been ...

Senior-protection group moves to Haines City
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
HAINES CITY - A group that protects seniors against consumer fraud and scams has a new home. The Seniors vs Crime office moved from Davenport to the Haines ...

Travel clubs: State officials see rise in complaints
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
Al Payne, who manages the state attorney general's Seniors vs. Crime office in Delray Beach, wonders if fewer people are joining travel clubs, ...

[ PUBLIC DEEDS ] Public Deeds: Gigs and Garlands
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
GARLAND: To the more than 1400 men and women who volunteered for Citizen's Assisted Patrol, Seniors vs. Crime and other programs sponsored by the Polk ...

Travel-insurance duo told to stop
Denver Post - Denver,CO,USA
The "seniors vs. crime" unit of the Florida attorney general's office filed a complaint with the Colorado division. One person complained her elderly mother ...

Villager shares scam experience to serve as warning to others
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
According to Stephen Renico, deputy regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, a number of victims of scams never make a report because they are too ...

Fighting Back
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona Beach,FL,USA
She was referred to a Seniors vs. Crime representative, part of a state attorney's program established in 1989, according to the attorney general's Web site ...

New Seniors vs. Crime Office in Sarasota
WWSB ABC 7 - Sarasota,FL,USA
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Attorney General Bill McCollum today opened a new Seniors vs. Crime Office in Sarasota as part of an ongoing effort to help residents ...

Lawmakers move to protect seniors from annuity scams
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum will formally kick off Seniors vs. ... Crime, sponsored by the attorney general's office, works with ScamBee. ...

Seniors vs. Crime gathered to share their knowledge
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
On Wednesday, nearly 100 members of the Florida Attorney General’s Seniors vs. Crime Region IV volunteers gathered to share knowledge and learn new ways to ...

Foreclosure Rescue Company Shut Down For Fraud
WJHG-TV - Panama City,FL,USA
Additionally, it will pay $10000 to the Attorney General’s Seniors vs. Crime program. A four-week investigation by the Economic Crimes Division revealed ...

Sheriff Crowder honors employees, volunteers for outstanding service
Stuart News (subscription) - Stuart,FL,USA
Some of her duties include coordinating the local efforts for the seniors vs. crime program and serving as the Sheriff’s Office volunteer coordinator. ...

Attorney General’s Office: Consumers should ask for credentials of ...
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
Steve Renico, deputy regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, agreed and said one of the most important things a consumer can do is to make sure they are ...

Law stiffens penalties on predatory annuity fraud
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
... cause of such victims as a Senior vs. Crime deputy regional director. ... of (Sink’s) top priorities was to strengthen the security of seniors in the ...

Helping seniors deflect scams
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
In addition, the Attorney General's Office has opened a Seniors vs. Crime office there to help victims. "Tool No. 1 is, don't be pressured," Calmbach said. ...

ScamBee relies on information-sharing to keep seniors from getting ...
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
Today, the group works with Seniors vs. Crime, a program sponsored by the Florida Attorney General's Office. "It's important because we're dealing with a ...

Common sense best defense vs. ID theft
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
... will use it against you,” Stephen Renico, a former police officer and the deputy regional director for Region IV of the Seniors vs. Crime project, said. ...

DeLand's senior sleuths usurp scammers, serve citizens
The DeLand-Deltona Beacon - DeLand,FL,USA
On the job — Volunteer Roberta Lewis runs DeLand's Seniors vs. Crime office in the DeLand Police Station. It's open every Monday morning, to help senior ...

Seniors vs. Crime broadens its mission
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
By Carl Orth | The Suncoast News NEW PORT RICHEY - The nonprofit Seniors vs. Crime Project until now has focused on helping elderly residents get their ...

Wanted: Seniors with knack for crime-fighting
MiamiHerald.com - Miami,FL,USA
The Seniors vs. Crime Project is seeking volunteers to become Senior Sleuths and help the project to better protect seniors from harmful activity. ...

Accused landscaper may be close to deal
Daily Commercial - Leesburg,FL,USA
According to an incident report from the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, a Seniors vs. Crime official presented the sheriff's office with 21 complaints of ...

Advocacy Group Needs Volunteer
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
By Amber Smith DAVENPORT | Seniors vs. Crime organizers are looking for a volunteer to help staff the Davenport office of the nonprofit group that assists ...

Cooling company tactics not cool
Lehigh Acres News Star - Lehigh Acres,FL,USA
... has complained about his company to the state Attorney General's office, Adult Protective Services, Seniors vs. Crime and a TV consumer help line. ...

Police beat for July 2, 2008
Ocala - Ocala,FL,USA
The Seniors vs. Crime office, located in Paddock Mall near the JC Penney concourse, has recovered more than $30000 for Ocala residents who had disputes with ...

Seniors vs. Crime volunteers help recover more than $30000
Ocala - Ocala,FL,USA
OCALA - The Seniors vs. Crime office, located in Paddock Mall near the JC Penney concourse, has recovered more than $30000 for Ocala residents who had ...

How to avoid getting nailed by a roving repair person
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
"We were flooded with complaints right after Hurricane Wilma," said Al Payne, who manages the state attorney general's Seniors Vs. Crime office in Delray ...

Bulletin Board: A list of events in Palm Beach County
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
Senior support group, 1-2:30 pm, Center for Group Counseling, 22455 Boca Rio Road, west of Boca Raton. Free. Call 561-483-5300. Seniors vs. Crime ...

Coral Springs: Seniors vs. Crime program moves to police headquarters
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
The Seniors vs. Crime program has relocated from 3801 Turtle Creek Drive to the Coral Springs Police Department, 2801 Coral Springs Drive. ...

Polk Sheriff Honors Civilian Volunteers
The Ledger - Lakeland,FL,USA
Crimes program, which investigates reports of seniors being scammed or taken advantage of. Dick Fearnow, office manager of the Seniors vs. Crime program ...

$89.50 for a deed? You can print it out free
MiamiHerald.com - Miami,FL,USA
... company to change its wording and contribute $10000 to Seniors vs. Crime, a consumer protection nonprofit, as well as pay $25000 in state legal fees. ...

Senior advocates to speak at fraud seminar
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte Harbor,FL,USA
Rowland, who is deputy regional director of Region Two for the Senior vs. Crime program, will be speaking about what this organization does to protect the ...

Search OrlandoSentinel.com Web enhanced by
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
KISSIMMEE - A volunteer group of senior crime fighters recently opened a new office in Osceola. Since 1989, the Seniors vs. Crime project of the Florida ...

Over Coffee April 10,2008
Observer News - Ruskin,FL,USA
According to Norman, the Seniors vs Crime Project was birthed in Florida in 1989 by former attorney general, Bob Butterworth, and one by one, ...

SEC charges two with fraud in get-rich-quick investment scheme
Consumer reports - USA
... contribute $150000 to the attorney general's "Seniors vs. Crime" program, and pay $150000 to cover the cost of the agency’s investigation. ...

Tequesta police to teach senior citizens to protect themselves ...
TCPalm - West Palm Beach,FL,USA
Representatives from various local agencies, including the Tequesta Police, Tequesta Fire-Rescue, Seniors-vs.-Crime, Area Agency on Aging, the Legal Aid ...

Trio Of Retired Women Take On Scammers
Local10.com - Miami,FL,USA
The three are part of an organization called Seniors vs. Crime, sponsored by the state attorney general. It's a volunteer group that spends the day on the ...

Travel club complaints are on the rise
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
... buying memberships later discovered the free trips came with strings attached, said Al Payne, who manages the Seniors Vs. Crime office in Delray Beach. ...

Social Security, tax scams appear in area
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
... would receive a letter in the mail informing them of the increase, said Steve Renico, deputy director of the Seniors vs. Crime Project for Region 4. ...

Volunteers Sought For Crime Program
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
Seniors vs. Crimes has recovered millions of dollars for those who have been victimized and has expedited contract completions and repairs for others. ...

Whitney promoters charged by SEC
The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA
The company also has made a $150000 contribution to the “Seniors vs. Crime Inc.” project for educational, investigative and crime prevention programs for ...

Taken in and cleaned out
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sarasota,FL,USA
While the Florida Attorney General's office has operated a "Seniors vs. Crime" special project since 1989, employing volunteer "senior sleuths" to reduce ...

Kids' talents boost education foundation
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
The Seniors vs. Crime office in the Council on Aging Building at the Barney Veal Center, 700 Generation Point in Kissimmee, will have a grand opening at 11 ...

Lee-based firm, AGO reach refund agreement
Bonitanews (subscription) - Naples,FL,USA
... and contribute $150000 to the “Seniors vs. Crime Inc.” project for educational, investigative and crime prevention programs that benefit the elderly. ...

 

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