Being smart is not enough to protect yourself from dangerous Internet scams, frustrating fraud, or devious identity theft. The more invincible we think we are, the more likely we are to fall victim to the tricks of an unscrupulous trade.
“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will enable participants to recognize the simple and sophisticated activities used to trick people out of their money. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn what to do if they fall victim to these ploys.
Crooks use the Internet. They call on the phone. They stand in front of stores. They come knocking on doors and use the mail. At every twist and turn, they are plotting to take advantage of anyone, regardless of age, occupation or economic status.
“The ground had not yet stopped shaking in Japan before scammers were plying their trade to lure trusting donors into making impulsive contributions,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care. “These days everyone is a target,” he added.
“Scams, Fraud and ID Theft” will be offered at four different times and locations:
• June 13 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 35th St. in Tacoma
• June 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Soundview Building, 3611 S. D St. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the County City Building 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave. in Tacoma
• June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harborplace at Cottesmore Retirement Community, 1016 29th Street N.W. in Gig Harbor.
The workshop is free and no reservations are necessary. It is provided as a service of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, contact the ADRC at 253-798-4600.