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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office joins Winchester Housing Authority to promote scam awareness

Kevin Maccioli, of the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Community Outreach Team, addresses the crowd at Winchester Housing Authority. COURTESY PHOTO/MIDDLESEX SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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The following was submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office:

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) and Winchester Housing Authority were proud to collaborate for a presentation on June 20 aimed at educating and empowering local residents regarding scam awareness and prevention.

As part of the MSO’s Law Enforcement And Residents Networking (L.E.A.R.N.) initiative, the presentations cover the common and emerging scams targeting residents; tips to avoid falling victim to scammers; and red flags to look out for, like scammers requesting pre-paid gift cards as payment.

“With the advent of new and emerging technologies, scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “These presentations are crucial to arming residents – including local seniors – with knowledge so they can recognize a scam and better protect themselves and their loved ones from fraud.”

Among the types of scams that these presentations focus on are:

• Government imposter/Arrest and intimidation scams

• Grandparent scams

• Check washing scams

• Romance scams

“Scammers these days are coming up with new and sophisticated ways to scam people of all ages,” said Susan Doherty Cashell, the executive director of Winchester Housing Authority. “Due to this, it’s also very important to remember to not be embarrassed if you fall for a scam. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the office or the Resident Services Coordinator if you are unsure.”

During the presentations, participants have the opportunity to ask questions and – where comfortable – share their personal experiences.

Koutoujian is excited to offer LEARN presentations to Middlesex County organizations this year. If an organization is interested in requesting a presentation led by the MSO, they can contact Director of Community Affairs Kenneth Doucette at KDoucette@sdm.state.ma.us.

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