PHONE AND MAIL FRAUD PRESENTATION BY THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) AND THE UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE (USPIS)
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Tuesday morning, January 26th at 8:00 am the monthly ZOOM meeting of the Senior Action Network brings a presentation on Phone and Mail Fraud from the FTC and USPIS.

Nicole Worley, who is part of the outreach team for FTC’s Northwest Region, will discuss phone scams and how to avoid falling victim to tactics used by scammers. Every year, people lose a lot of money to phone scams — sometimes their life savings.  Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat you out of your money over the phone.  In some scams, they act friendly and helpful while in others, they might threaten or try to scare you.  One thing you can count on is that a phone scammer will attempt in every way possible to get your money or your personal information to commit identity theft.  Don’t give out your personal information!  

The presentation will cover how to recognize a phone scam, examples of common phone scams being used currently, how to stop receiving calls from scammers and finally, what to do if you have already paid a scammer.  Ms. Worley will also provide an overview of the new streamlined reporting tool at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ and why it is so important to report all scams to the FTC. You can find more resources from the FTC at https://ftc.gov

Joe Stephenson has been working with the US Postal Inspection Service for the past 14 years.  He has worked cases against fraudsters in both state and federal courts.  His presentation on Mail Fraud will cover the latest fraud scams the U.S. Inspection Service is seeing plus he will provide vital prevention tips.  Recognize that fraudsters are very creative and are using traditional as well as high-tech methods to defraud vulnerable adults across Washington.  Once you see the hallmarks of the different fraud schemes you won’t fall prey to their tactics.  At the same time, you’ll be in a position to help others around you resist these fraudsters.  For more information you can visit https://www.uspis.gov/