Course Aims To Help Elderly Combat Scams

Posted: January 18, 2014

HARRISONBURG — With new scams targeting senior citizens popping up just about every day, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office wants to empower residents to help prevent them from becoming the next victim.

The office plans to hold a class on fraud and scam prevention later this month — the first in a series of community forums for local residents on crime prevention and related topics. The sheriff’s office is organizing the classes, five in all, in partnership with the Rockingham County Parks and Recreation Department.

Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said the variety of scams, ranging from phone and lottery scams to in-person paving scams, are constantly changing.

“There’s really no end to the different possibilities people will come up with to try to make an easy buck,” said the sheriff. “It seems like they target the elderly because they see them as an easy target.”

The class on fraud and scam prevention for seniors will be held on Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Plains District Community Center in Timberville.

Self-defense classes for women will be held on Feb. 5 at Montevideo Middle School in Penn Laird and on Feb. 19 at J. Frank Hillyard Middle School in Broadway. The two-hour class begins at 6 p.m.

On March 12, at 6 p.m., the sheriff’s office will host a forum on teen dating. The class at the Rockingham County Administration Center is geared for mothers and daughters.

And a class on Internet safety will be held at 6 p.m. April 29 in the Timberville community center.

Those interested are required to sign up with the parks and recreation department at or by calling 564-3160.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or

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