Scam event aims to protect senior citizens

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – An anti-fraud seminar held at Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall in Wilmington on Thursday focused on protecting senior citizens from financial scams.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall spoke about her office’s enforcement actions against investment scam artists and offered tips for avoiding investment fraud.

Other state and local officials participated, including District Attorney Ben David, addressing issues such as making referrals to Adult Protective Services, mail fraud, Medicare fraud and avoiding identity thieves.

Secretary Marshall said they see all kinds of scams, from people pretending to be the IRS, to making up fake titles to seem more legitimate. Marshall said the IRS will never call you if they need to contact you.

“We even had one that was C.H.S.G, someone had a card, that’s good for certified high school graduate,” Marshall said. “They just try to make it sound like it’s something more than it is, more credible than it is, so with technology people can do it over the internet, over the telephone.”

If you feel you have fallen victim to a scam, contact the Secretary of State’s Securities Division toll-free at 1-800-688-4507, or visit the NC Department of the Secretary of State website here.

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