- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Homeland Security Investigations is launching a campaign in Albuquerque aimed at warning the elderly on various scams.

Agents are planning seminars and workshops at retirement and nursing homes to inform older residents on lottery, IRA and jail fraud schemes.

Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge in New Mexico, said the scam artists are using such tools as voice altering apps to fool the elderly into giving out credit card and bank information. He says some schemes involve tricking residents into believing a loved one is in jail and needs money over the phone for bail.

Abar says the scams are conducted by criminal syndicates and small-time swindlers looks to make a quick buck.

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