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Virginia Seniors Get to AARP "Scam Jams" for Fraud Defense

Two events co-sponsored by AARP Virginia in the next month will teach seniors how to stay safe from scam artists. Photo by AARP.
Two events co-sponsored by AARP Virginia in the next month will teach seniors how to stay safe from scam artists. Photo by AARP.
September 17, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. – AARP wants to give Virginia seniors the tools and information to protect themselves from con artists. The organization is sponsoring two free "Scam Jams" in the next month – one in Roanoke on Friday, and another in Virginia Beach on Oct. 16.

Ginger Thompson with AARP Virginia says the scam jams will offer free document shredding and sessions on how to avoid identity theft. She says they'll also go over what to do when someone calls and demands money for an "iffy" investment, or to supposedly help a grandchild in trouble.

Thompson says both events will be fun and friendly.

"Each of these include a continental breakfast and lunch, and it's all free," she says. "We'll talk about those phishing scams and tech-support scams, oil and gas scams, lottery fraud and the grandparent scams too."

A mass shredding of old office papers will precede each scam jam. Thompson says this will be a great opportunity to clean out old files – and feel confident about doing it.

"Now's the time to get rid of those old tax returns and bank statements. Bring them to the shredding event," she says. "A professional shredding company will provide the service, so you can be sure your documents are shredded and that no one can get your personal information."

The events are sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch Network, Senior Medicare Patrol and the Virginia Attorney General's office. Friday's event in Roanoke will be held at Virginia Western Community College.

More information is available at the AARP Fraud Watch website at aarp.org/fraudwatch, or by calling 877-926-8300.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA