Friday, September 26, 2014

Public invited to ‘Scam Jam’ in Hailey

Fraud and financial abuse conference set for Oct. 9

Express Staff Writer

    The public is invited to learn about scams, fraud and financial abuse at a “Scam Jam” conference scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, in Hailey.
    The conference will held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Senior Connection of Blaine County at 721 Third Ave. South. There is no charge for attendance but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call (877) 926-8300. The deadline for registering is Monday, Oct. 6.
    The event includes a free continental breakfast and free lunch. Also, door prizes will be awarded.
    Scam Jam is sponsored by the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, the Idaho Department of Insurance, the Better Business Bureau, the Idaho Bankers Association, Idaho Legal Aid, Boise State Public Radio, the Senior Connection of Blaine County and numerous other state and private organizations.
    Wendy Jaquet, a former state representative from District 26, will be the master of ceremonies.
    Keynote speakers include Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Suzanne McCampbell, director of Idaho’s Area IV Agency on Aging at the College of Southern Idaho. Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter will provide an overview of scams that are prevalent in the Wood River Valley.
    Other topics will include investment and Medicare fraud, caregiver scams, the psychology of fraud and scams associated with advance directives and reverse mortgages. Information will also be provided on fraud protection and prevention in small businesses.
    “Scams and frauds are a never-ending challenge that cost Idaho citizens millions of dollars each year,” states a news release on the event from the Idaho Department of Insurance. “The best defense against fraud is becoming and staying informed.”

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