Theft, fraud, swindles and scams have been around almost as long as death and taxes. But unlike death and taxes, people can avoid falling victim to these crimes \u2014 if they are informed and constantly vigilant. Unfortunately, seniors are more likely than younger people to become victims. Why? Seniors are heavily targeted by scammers, probably because people age 50 and older hold over 80 percent of the wealth in America, according to a 2016 AARP study. And, according to marketplace.org, brain research suggests that older people, even those with no diagnosable cognitive impairment, may be at special risk of those who want to take their money, whether stranger or family. In addition to the usual scams in circulation (think identity theft, financial fraud and online dating) the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to new scams involving stimulus checks, and coronavirus vaccines. And with more people - including seniors - using social media platforms, and shopping online because of social distancing, complaints to the Federal Trade Commission, (FTC), are surging. We encourage Ridgefielders to attend the internet safety Zoom presentation at 7 p.m.,March 25, offered by the Ridgefield Police Department, and the Ridgefield Prevention Council. Detective Victoria Ryan will discuss how to recognize scammers, hackers and various types of spoofing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.