‘Scam Jam’ Educates Seniors on Identity Theft Risks, Common Fraud Tactics

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Seniors in Richmond, Kentucky, recently attended a free “Scam Jam” seminar to learn how to prevent falling victim to insurance fraud or identity theft. The speakers told the audience that the elderly are one of the largest targets of insurance swindlers, and an average identity-theft victim can expect to see over $6,000 illegally charged in their name. Some common investment fraud schemes occur via Internet and social networking scams, and as this article in The Richmond Register explains, “identities are stolen for a variety of reasons, but can allow the con artists to open credit card accounts, take out loans, apply for utility and cell phone services, open bank accounts, seek employment, and obtain medical care.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.