Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:30 AM EDT2013-06-19 05:30:06 GMT
A final hearing is set for Tuesday in a lawsuit contesting city council election results in Tuskegee. The plaintiffs allege fraud and irregularities in the municipal election. The city said the chargesMore >>
A final hearing is set for Tuesday in a lawsuit contesting city council election results in Tuskegee. The plaintiffs allege fraud and irregularities in the municipal election. The city said the charges are not true.More >>
Mario Chalmers broke out of a shooting slump to score 10 points, lifting the Miami Heat to a 27-25 lead over the San Antonio Spurs after one quarter of Game 6 in the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.More >>
LeBron James led a title-saving charge, and now his crown will be on the line one more time in Game 7.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:56:16 GMT
A lawsuit claiming prison officials turned a blind eye to inmates smoking indoors is moving forward. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled former inmate Jason Sweatman had the right to file a cruelMore >>
A lawsuit claiming prison officials turned a blind eye to inmates smoking indoors is moving forward. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled former inmate Jason Sweatman had the right to file a cruel and unusual punishment claim.More >>
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says it appears the much-criticized national electronic surveillance program foiled "dozens" of terrorist plots.More >>
The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on...More >>
Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings has died in a car accident in Los Angeles.More >>
Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, whose unflinching reporting ended the career of a top American army general, died early Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles, his employer and family said.More >>
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
During the holidays, the number of elder fraud claims in Alabama spikes.
In an effort to protect potential fraud victims, a town hall meeting was held in Mountain Brook where about 50 people had the chance to hear about scams that target senior citizens.
Joseph Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission, provided the group with information about services available.
"Senior citizens have equity in their house, money in the bank and that makes them targets...prime targets," he said.
Representative Paul Demarco says lawmakers are working to address a growing problem.
"Alabama is in the top 15 when it comes to ID theft according to the Federal Trade Commission. The issue needs to be addressed. We need to help seniors and keep them from being victims," he said.
The town hall meeting also offered these tips for senior citizens:
Beware of strangers
-You do not have to stay on the phone with a stranger or allow a stranger into your home.
Investigate investment opportunities
-Do your research before investing with a company.
Be in charge of your money
-Don't put your money in something you don't understand.
Report fraud or abuse
-If you feel that you are a victim, don't be embarrassed, report what happened to the Alabama Securities Commission at 1-800-222-1253.