On Wednesday, June 15, a Fraud Fighter Workshop presented by AARP was held at the Mason-Motz Activity Center. The meeting was led by Amy Gallant, advocacy director with AARP, and co-hosted by Sen. Cathy Breen and Rep. Teresa Pierce. Jeff Pardue, a Falmouth detective, was also present to discuss the latest scams perpetrated against senior citizens and others who, for a variety of reasons, might be taken in and become victims of these con artists.
This meeting was very informative and I believe everyone who attended learned something new, not only about the latest ways that trusting people can be preyed upon, but also how to protect ourselves against fraud. Statistics show that every two seconds in the U.S. someone’s identity is stolen.
We are very fortunate that, thanks to a new law, Maine is one of only three states in the country that has a free credit freeze. A credit freeze safeguards a person’s credit report and is the most effective way to protect consumers from identity theft. For more information about the free credit freeze, contact the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection at 800-332-8529.