Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, along with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, appeared at The Villages Saturday to host a Consumer Town Hall for residents. 

The town hall, which hosted about 50 residents, focused on common consumer scams targeting seniors. Fried, who is also running for the governor’s seat in 2022, was accompanied by staff from FDACs Division of Consumer Services to address those scams and what the division is doing to deter them.

The most common cons seniors fall victim to are robocalls, especially those that “pull at the heart strings,” Fried said. Those calls often claim a grandchild is in jail and requires financial assistance, or claim that they calling from the IRS and there’s an arrest warrant out for the individual.

“A lot of the fraud happens really through robocalls,” Fried said, adding, “As well online scams, too.”

The department also covered how to report scams to the…

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