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Anderson Public Library and the Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office will be hosting the Program Senior Crime College on Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Anderson Public Library.
According to a press release from the library, the program will teach senior citizens how to avoid becoming victims of scams and who to alert if they feel they are being targeted.
Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 30 patrons. Registration is required. Sign up by calling the library at (502) 839-6420 or speaking with someone at the circulation desk.
Topics to be covered include bogus sweepstakes and lotteries, false employment opportunities, phony government stimulus checks, fake debt-relief scams, identity theft and others. According to event organizers, “the majority of these scams request personal and financial information in exchange for the promise of money.”
Some helpful tips for seniors, provided by the library, are:
• Beware of home solicitors. Keep the door closed to people you don’t recognize, talking through the storm door if necessary. Door-to-door repair people are included in this warning.
• Research the product, service, company, or charitable organization before you buy or contribute money.
• Don’t do business with unsolicited callers, especially those offering to “fix your credit,” “consolidate your loans,” or those claiming to be from Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. These callers may mention that they are having difficulty depositing your stimulus payment, or need to verify your information in order for you to receive the payment. They are looking to steal your identity or take money from your bank account.
• Never cash a check that you have received with a sweepstakes or lottery letter. If the letter instructs you to cash the check and wire money to pay for “fees” or “insurance,” don’t do it. The check is counterfeit and the bank will hold you liable for the funds.