A Senior Scam Jam will be held Thursday, April 25, in Nampa to help senior citizens, their caregivers and people with disabilities to learn about the latest trends in frauds and scams.
The Senior Scam Jam will run from 8 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. Continental breakfast and a free lunch will be provided. Door prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the event.
Registration will open March 25 and close April 22. Seating is limited; seniors are encouraged to register early by calling toll-free 877-926-8300.
Keynote speaker Gavin Gee, director of the Idaho Department of Finance, will teach those who attend this free event how to protect themselves and their loved ones from financial fraud.
Bill Deal, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, will give a presentation on current issues surrounding health care reform. Detective Tom Gerdes of the Nampa Police Department will speak on scams prevalent in the Treasure Valley.
Seniors are favorite targets of many scammers. Speakers from the Better Business Bureau, Idaho Legal Aid and the Area IV Agency on Aging and other agencies will educate seniors on safe investing, top 10 scams targeting seniors, identity theft and Medicare fraud. Presentations on the foreclosure process and the psychology of fraud will be given by representatives of the Idaho Attorney Generals Office, AARP and Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services.
Three breakout sessions will be offered in Spanish.
A Shred-it truck will be on site for event participants to help them dispose of personal documents without fear of identity theft. Free shredding is limited to one bankers-sized box per participant.
The Senior Scam Jam is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Insurance and Idaho Department of Finance, the Idaho Commission on Agings Senior Medicare Patrol Program, the City of Nampa, AARP, BSU Center for the Study of Aging, Idaho Legal Aid, Idaho Bankers Association, Better Business Bureau, Idaho Press Tribune, Channel 6, and Adelante Media Group.