When LC Rotary Club President Jacqui Gilbert in Lewiston heard the Scam Jam program was coming to the area, she knew immediately this was something the club could get behind and make a difference.
“Anybody that’s a senior or a caregiver and wants to know about some of the local scams going on out there, and some tools to prevent them from affecting you, should attend,” Gilbert says. “This is a great conference for you to be included in.”
Senior citizens are favorite targets of scammers, according to statewide Scam Jam 2014 spokeswoman Tricia Carney. The daylong Senior Scam Jam will be Thursday, April 3, at the Williams Conference Center at Lewis-Clark State College to provide opportunities for seniors to learn to protect themselves from the latest trends in frauds and scams.
Keynote speaker, Lawrence Wasden, Idaho Attorney General, will offer seniors a scam prevention strategy: The Art of Saying No. Bill Deal, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, will present information and scams related to health care reform. Chief Steven Orr of the Lewiston Police Department will give an overview of scams prevalent in the region.
The Senior Scam Jam will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include a continental breakfast, a free lunch and door prizes. This event is free, but seating is limited. Registration closes March 31. Seniors are encouraged to register by calling toll-free 877-926-8300.
“The best defense against fraud is becoming and staying informed,” BBB’s chief storyteller Robb Hicken says. “Speakers will educate seniors about investment and Medicare fraud, caregiver scams and the psychology of fraud. Attendees will learn how to prevent abuse of advance directives and how to scam proof their homes.”
Lewis Clark Recyclers will provide shredding services on site for event participants. Free shredding is limited to 20 pounds per event participant – about two paper grocery sacks.
The Senior Scam Jam is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Insurance, Idaho Department of Finance, the Idaho Commission on Aging’s Senior Medicare Patrol Program, AARP, Idaho Legal Aid, Idaho Bankers Association, Idaho Credit Union League, Better Business Bureau, Lewiston-Clarkston Sunrise Rotary Club, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho Crime Prevention Association, and Big Country 97.7.