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Montana Attorney General to discuss Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection with AARP members

Montanans across Big Sky Country will have opportunity to speak directly with the state’s top law enforcement official to get their questions answered during live tele-town hall meeting

 Helena, Mont., April 13, 2016 –Thousands of AARP members as well as other citizens across the state will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall" meeting with Montana’s Attorney General, Tim Fox about fraud prevention and consumer protection in Montana.

AARP Montana will host the statewide live event which will take place on April 19 at 1:45 pm Mountain Time and will allow thousands of AARP members to join Attorney General Fox to find out how Montanans can protect themselves from fraud, scams and con artists.  Moderating the event is Greg Neft, News Director for the Cherry Creek Radio News Network in Montana.

AARP will call its members in Montana to invite them to participate in the meeting.  Members interested in participating will only need to hold on the line to be placed into the live event with Attorney General Fox.  After brief introductions and statements, participants will have the opportunity to ask their questions.  AARP has approximately 150,000 members in Montana.  All AARP households with current phone numbers will be called to participate in the meeting.

“Identity theft and other forms of fraud rank high among the concerns of the 50-plus in Montana,” said Tim Summers, AARP Montana State Director. “It’s estimated that fraud costs older Americans anywhere from $2.9 billion to $36 billion per year. As society ages and people live longer this problem threatens to get worse. So we’re delighted that Attorney General Fox will be joining thousands of our members across Montana during our Tele-Town Hall to discuss what they can do to avoid fraud and what his office can do to help them if they need it.”

“It’s important for seniors to stay engaged and ask questions about any shady calls or mailers they receive,” Attorney General Tim Fox said.  “I appreciate AARP Montana offering me the opportunity to talk to its members through the upcoming Tele-Town Hall.  I’ll inform participants about trending scams in our state and ways Montana citizens can proactively protect their personal and financial information.  I’ll also talk about the services my Office of Consumer Protection offers to protect Montana’s businesses and individual consumers.”

“The Tele-Town Hall format has many advantages, not the least of which is the convenience for the participants who don't have to leave home or carve time out of their schedule to head down to a traditional meeting,” said Al Ward, AARP Montana State President.  “There’s no worrying about driving time, the weather or other conflicts -- members can just pick up the phone at home and instantly join the meeting.”

AARP tele-town hall meetings utilize a number of cutting-edge technologies including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology that permit tens of thousands of people to connect in an interactive, two-way dialogue.

“We are looking forward to having a community conversation with AARP members across the state and we are pleased to offer this opportunity for AARP members to hear directly from Attorney General Fox on these very important issues,” said Summers.

In addition to AARP Montana members, the general public can also participate by pre-registering for the event. Pre-registration places them on the list for the outgoing calls. People can register by logging on to: https://vekeo.com/event/aarpmontana-22767/

 

Quick Glance Details:

 WHAT:            Tele Town Hall Meeting about Fraud Prevention and Consumer Protection in Montana

 

WHO:              Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

AARP Members across Montana

 

WHEN:                        Tuesday, April 19, 2016

1:45 – 2:45 pm, Mountain Time

 

DETAILS:         AARP Members will automatically be called; members of the public can participate by registering online at: https://vekeo.com/event/aarpmontana-22767/

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