Va. AG worried about seniors

Keith Loria Jan. 20, 2011, 3:42am


RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced on Thursday that he has signed a cooperative agreement for the state's 93rd TRIAD chapter, which is designed to protect seniors from scam artists in the state's Caroline County.

TRIAD was formed in 1988 by the American Association of Retired Persons, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Sheriff's Association in an effort to protect seniors from would-be thieves.

"TRIAD cooperatives are partnerships between senior citizens, law enforcement, and service providers that help seniors by increasing awareness of scams and frauds targeting them, as well as by strengthening communication between law enforcement and seniors," Cuccinelli said.

"As attorney general, I think it is critically important that we work to protect all Virginia citizens from scammers, but especially those most targeted for these types of crimes-our seniors."

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa, Jr., Caroline County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Wayne Acors and Caroline County TRIAD/S.A.L.T. Council Chairman Robert Gordon also signed the agreement.

Cuccinelli also announced an educational partnership with the Virginia Credit Union League, the Virginia Bankers Association and the Consumer Federation of America in November to protect consumers from becoming victims of fake check scams.

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