On Oct. 9, the Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, along with the Granville County Senior Center, has scheduled a SCAM JAM to help educate seniors to protect themselves from frauds and scams. The Granville County SCAM JAM is a free educational and entertaining forum where seniors will learn to avoid today’s scams and frauds, from identity theft to telemarketing, Medicare frauds and even Grandparent Scams.
No one knows how many senior citizens are “ripped off” in North Carolina. Based on a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that estimated annual national losses at $2.9 billion, the yearly Tar Heel toll is probably $100 million a year or more. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged financial bodies to do more to stop it. Cloaked in the frailty of age, embarrassment, family secrets, Internet frauds and even ignorance that they have been victimized, it may be society’s most unreported crime.
The SCAM JAM is designed to empower citizens to protect themselves and their families. Scheduled speakers include representatives of the Senior Medicare Patrol from the NC Department of Insurance, NC Department Secretary of State, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Better Business Bureau as well as the local law enforcement. This free half day seminar will begin around 1:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. This event will be held at Granville County Senior Center at 107 Lanier St, Oxford NC 27565.
The Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging leads and is involved in the efforts that provide for the development and enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community based systems of services, opportunities, and protections for older adults which assist them in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. We serve five counties, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren.
For more information, contact the Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging at 252-436-2040 or the Granville County Senior Center at 919-693-1930.