Sheriff's Office Warns Seniors of 'Gypsy' Scams

10:35 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Sheriff's Office Warns Seniors of 'Gypsy' Scams

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Springtime in Florida means baseball, beach weather... and an increase in so-called "gypsies" -- criminals who travel the country in small groups to commit robberies and fraud. That's according to a statement issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Det. Larry McKinnon, a sheriff's office spokesman, said Florida's seniors are especially vulnerable. "[Criminals] know this is a very large popular part of the country where seniors come to from up north," McKinnon said. "They prey on seniors."
Springtime in the Tampa Bay area is known for two things: allergies and gypsies. That's the word from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Every spring, the Tampa area sees an increase in gypsy and traveler scams, according sheriff's office officials.
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