Now that summer is here, scams across Idaho are starting to heat up. Here are some of the schemes con-artists are using and a few other things to be aware of.
As part of the fight against fraud and identity theft, AARP Idaho in conjunction with the Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host Scam Jams in Pocatello and Idaho Falls. The events take place on May 14 and 15 and feature local speakers from the Attorney General’s office, Better Business Bureau, local law enforcement, Idaho Department of Insurance and more. These interactive and informative conferences give participants the tools and resources they need to stay protected from online identity theft, fraud and scams.
As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Idaho are joining in efforts to help Gem State taxpayers avoid criminal impostors who aim to defraud them. The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year. But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed 1,005 Americans by phone, reveals that people may have a false sense of security, as three-fifths (62 percent) report they’re either extremely confident or very confident in their ability to detect fraud.
With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Am ericans of an estimated $81 million per year, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network today called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP Idaho is inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the national campaign by signing an online petition.
AARP Idaho is co-sponsoring a free Scam Jam in Rupert, Idaho at the Wilson Theater. The event takes place Wednesday, May 7 from 9:00am until 3:45pm and includes a free lunch with keynote speaker Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. William “Bill” Deal, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance will discuss the Affordable Care Act, and Idaho Senator Dean Cameron.
AARP Idaho is hosting a free Fraud Watch Network event in Pocatello, Idaho at the Clarion Inn (1399 Bench Road). The conference takes place Thursday, April 17 from 9:15am until 1:30pm and includes a free lunch and door prizes. Speakers include Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Pocatello Sheriff Lorin Nielson, former Idaho State Representative and current AARP volunteer president Tom Trail and local experts that will give you the tools and resources you need to stay protected from online identity theft, fraud and scams.
AARP Idaho is co-sponsoring a free Scam Jam in Lewiston, Idaho at the Williams Conference Center on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College. The event takes place Thursday, April 3 from 9:00am until 3:30pm and includes a free lunch with keynote speaker Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. William “Bill” Deal, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance will discuss the Affordable Care Act, and former Idaho State Representative and current AARP volunteer president Tom Trail will give closing remarks.
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