December 24, 2022

Pocatello Police Officer Greg Cates Teaches Seniors to Avoid Scams (Photo Credit: Marcie Cates)

On Tuesday, December 20, Seniors at the Pocatello Senior Activity Center learned about Internet and phone scams and how to avoid them.

Following lunch, Pocatello Police Officer Greg Cates spoke for about an hour to just over two dozen seniors about senior safety over the holidays.  His talk focused on common scams that target seniors.  Cates related how thousands of people are scammed every year by heartless criminals.  Some of the scams he explained included the grandparent scam (someone pretending to be a grandchild calls, ‘in trouble’), the government agency scam (you owe money/might be arrested) and looking for love scam (targeting lonely singles).

Cates explained that unsolicited calls and contacts through the Internet should be viewed with suspicion.  He noted, for example, that government officials, including police officers, will never ask you for money to, “avoid arrest.”

The Senior Activity Center, located at 427 N. 6th Avenue, offers a weekday lunch from Tuesday through Friday, entertainment, games, and informative presentations.  To learn more, visit:  Pocatello/Chubbuck Senior Center! | Pocatello Senior Citizens Center (

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