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Seniors beware: The internet may seem like a communication and shopping playground, but bad guys are lurking everywhere, just waiting to swindle you.

That was the message Al Perales gave those who attended his presentation at the Burlington Public Library on Wednesday. Perales, an investigator in the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, has seen all types of scams and tracked down many thieves. He regularly speaks to groups around the state to warn of common scams and answer questions.

Perales advised his audience to stop and think before acting if confronted with an offer to buy a product or service or make a donation — whether online, on the phone, or answering the front door.

“Scammers will try to find ways to connect with you,” he said. “They’re focused on everyone in this room. We live in a scam culture.”

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