State Officials Say Scam Artists are Getting More Tech-Savvy

INDIANA, (WOWO): State officials are warning Hoosiers, that scam artists are getting more tech-savvy and zeroing in on senior citizens in particular.

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly presided over a field hearing at the State Fair reminding Hoosiers not to give bank account information and to be skeptical of any cash windfall they didn't initiate. He says seniors are often a target because they've outlived their debt and have a big chunk of savings for scammers to pursue. Most seniors also often live alone, therefore, Donnelly says scam artists may try to talk their way into their trust, and then open a direct pipeline into their bank accounts.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says senior citizens grew up in a more trusting time, and may not recognize the lengths to which con-artists will go. He also says many seniors are less experienced using the Internet, and may become prey for scammers who use it to gather information to establish their credibility.