ELLISVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A suburban St. Louis police department is creating a program to help educate people, especially the elderly, about scams.

The Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports the effort in Ellisville comes after an 88-year-old resident of a retirement center lost more than $60,000 through the so-called Jamaica lottery scam. Police continue to investigate that case, but no arrests have been made.

Police Chief Tom Felgate says many people are victimized by online scams. Two officers with the department have put together a presentation and contacted retirement centers to alert the elderly.

The department plans a program this spring.

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