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SCAM JAM - A Free Fraud Fighting Event

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Join us for a free fraud fighting event

Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to a variety of fraud schemes. In fact, every 2 seconds, a con artist steals someone's identity!

To strike back against scammers, AARP Virginia and Fairfax County Government's Silver Shield Task Force are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials to present at a free informational Scam Jam.

The Presenters will discuss scams targeting Virginians, such as fake solicitor schemes, bogus investment deals, lottery scams, email fraud, a grandparent ruse, and the latest identity theft shams.

Operation Stop Scams: Scam Jam and Shredfest
Saturday, April 27
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
* 8:00 a.m. - shredding starts

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035

Light refreshments and lunch will be served.

Registration is required. You can register online here or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

Bring Your Documents to Shred
We will have a shred truck on-site from 8:00 a.m. until 12noon OR until the shred truck fills up so come early! Your documents will be shredded on-site free of charge. Residential material of a sensitive nature such as tax documents, financial records, etc.  (Please recycle junk mail and magazines through your normal collection service.) Up to four medium-sized packing boxes per vehicle. Please, no plastics or electronics.

Safely Dispose of Unused Medications at the Scam Jam
Police will be on hand with a Drug Take-Back box. Bring your unused or unneeded medications to the Scam Jam for a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of drugs. Accepted items include prescription medication (schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled), prescription ointments, over-the-counter medications and medications for pets. Prohibited items include needles (sharps), liquids of any kind, illegal drugs, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, and inhalers.


9:00 – 9:15
Welcome Remarks
Penelope Gross, Vice Chairman, Mason District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Pat Herrity, Springfield District Supervisor, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

9:15 – 10:15
Keynote Address Out-smarting the Scammers, Susan Hogan, Consumer Investigative Reporter for NBC4

10:30 – 11:30
AARP Fraud Watch Network, Lil Keys, Executive Council Member and Community Ambassador, AARP Virginia
Fairfax County Adult and Aging Services,  Allison Fitch, Financial Exploitation Coordinator, Fairfax County Adult Protective Services
Protecting Yourself from Frauds and Scams After Disasters, Sulayman Brown, Assistant Coordinator, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
Grandparent and Woodchuck Scams, Detective Jonathan Loesch, Fairfax County Police Department

11:30 – 11:45
Break - Participants visit resource tables

11:45 – 12:15
Protecting Yourself from Internet, Telephone and Mail Fraud, Ray Campbell, U.S. Postal Inspector, United States Postal Inspection Service

12:15 – 1:00
How to Save Big, Sidestep Scams, and Be A Savvy Consumer, Elisabeth Leamy, Consumer Columnist for The Washington Post

1:00 – 1:30
Lunch and time for participants to visit resource tables


  • AARP Virginia
  • CareRing PRS, Inc.
  • Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging
  • Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Division
  • Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
  • Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services
  • Fairfax County Police Department
  • Fairfax County Silver Shield Task Force
  • Fairfax County Urban Forestry Management Division
  • FBI
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Virginia Department of Treasury

Can't join us in person?
We will air the Scam Jam on Cox Cable HD Channel 1016 and livestream here

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call Melissa Smarr, 703-324-1929, TTY 711.

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