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Senior Scam Warning For The Holidays -- Sky Arnold

Celby Glass says her grandmother has lost hundreds of dollars to a scam that's becoming more common.

It's called the Sweepstakes Scam.

Victims are told they've won a sweepstakes and are encouraged to send money to get their winnings.

As Glass' grandmother discovered, the winnings never arrive.

"She's trusting.  She's the generation that believes you're not gonna be lied to or cheated and it's very sad," said Glass.

The Better Business Bureau says those types of scams are increasingly targeting seniors.

That's why the organization is putting on workshops to help provide advice to seniors and their families.

Rene Gould says families may want to watch their elderly loved one's mail and bank accounts for suspicious activity.

That includes sweepstakes and even unsolicited requests from Medicare for information.

Other tips include:

* Don't keep passwords in a computer folder titled "passwords"

* Don't raise the flag on a mailbox with checks to mail

* Be suspicious of bill collectors calling close to funerals.

"Our seniors they're very trusting and they're very polite and that combination makes them good targets," said Gould.

The BBB offers other tips and advice on its website http://nashville.bbb.org/ .