BERN TWP., Pa. -

Seniors in Bern Township got some valuable tips Thursday night on how to protect themselves from becoming victims of scams.

Berks Encore hosted a seminar called "Avoiding Scams" at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Seniors are often highly targeted by scammers.

The seminar focused on how they can protect themselves when scammers contact them on the phone or through the mail.

"We're trying to educate seniors to take a second look at something and maybe talk to a friend, talk to a family member, before they give out personal private information.," said Janene Holter, Senior Supervisory Special Agent at the Attorney General's Office.

Police say just recently an 86-year-old man from Sinking Spring was scammed out of $45,000.

They're warning people to be on alert.