Upcoming Resource Fair Aiming to Prevent Fraud

by WHIZ Reporter on February 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

The Muskingum County Center for Seniors is working with the state to help protect senior citizens from fraud.

The Ohio Attorney Generals Office in partnership with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and the Better Business Bureau are working together to present a resource fair for seniors and other members of the community.

Supportive Services Director Debi Smith said the aim of the resource fair is to protect the privacy of individuals in order to avoid identity theft.

"Learn how to put your antennae up up, if you would. If something doesn’t really sound like it could be true, then maybe you need to step back and think a little bit about it," said Smith.

The event runs in correlation with National Consumer Protection Week.

Smith said she has heard of an increasing number of seniors being taken advantage of through scams.

"I do think it is a big issue and sometimes goes under-repoerted, because seniors are afraid to report that they have been dooped," added Smith.   "At any age we wouldn’t want to say that, ‘I’ve made a mistake’ and took somebody’s word for something."

The event takes place March 7th from 9-11 a.m. at the Center for Seniors in Zanesville.

To register, you can contact the Muskingum County Center for Seniors.