Crime Prevention Specialist Gives Scam, Fraud, Con Class For Seniors

A Crime Prevention Specialist is sharing his advice with Ashland seniors so they can protect themselves from becoming a victim over the phone, online or in person.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2018 6:27 PM
Updated: Feb. 7, 2018 6:32 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Southern Oregon law enforcement agencies are reporting a hefty handful of phone scams. On Wednesday, both Medford Police and Central Point said they've received many calls and concerns about IRS scams over the phone.

A Crime Prevention Specialist is sharing his advice with Ashland seniors so they can protect themselves from becoming a victim over the phone, online or in person.

Ron Kohl has 30 years of experience as a detective. He spent the day breaking down some of the most common scams and some many people might not know about.

“Today we want to make everybody aware and bring their awareness up because it takes three elements to have a crime. You have to have the intent to go ahead and do the crime, you have to have the ability to do it and the last thing is opportunity, I’m going to address all the opportunities," Kohl said.

Kohl went over a variety of topics. He said when it come to avoiding identity theft, you should not carry around your social security card, but you should memorize the numbers. 

As for the IRS phone scam you might have heard about recently..

"The IRS will not call you, they will send you something in the mail continuously. That's going to be come to an office to make an appointment at the office. They won't talk to you over the telephone and find out all this information. They don't have time for that, that's why they do it by mail," Kohl said.

When it comes to phone scams, he said don't believe your caller ID. The names and numbers aren't always real, even if they have a Southern Oregon area code.

"The best thing to do is don't answer," Kohl said. 

Medford Police also said if you happen to get a call saying there's a warrant out for your arrest, you shouldn't believe that either.

Janice Tobias attended the event after she said she put an ad on Craigslist and started getting some weird messages.

“You just don’t know who you can trust out there anymore, he just mentioned so many things today that make you want to open up your eyes and your ears and listen and just take care of yourself, be safe," Tobias said.

If you would like to get in touch with Ron, you can reach him at 541-500-1274 or 239-849-1869. His next class is Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The class is called "How to be Safe on the Internet."

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