Consumer protection panel will address ways to protect against scams May 19

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Consumer protection panel will address ways to protect against scams May 19

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Vermont will join the Vermont Attorney General's Office and AARP Vermont for a virtual forum designed to inform and empower consumers on the latest scam tactics and how best to avoid them. This virtual event will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 3 PM EST.

It is free and open to all. Register here.

"The team at the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) wants consumers to know how to verify a suspicious phone call or email. Bad actors want us to act urgently to their requests and we want consumers to slow down and follow a plan. Call our office or a trusted person, don’t act urgently, take notes and disengage from the actors." said Lisa P. Jensen, Assistant Director, Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program.

“A lot of people, especially seniors, have felt isolated during the past year due to the pandemic, making them vulnerable to scammers. It’s important to remember that government agencies will not call or email to ask for your social security or bank account number,” said Paula Fleming, BBB Spokesperson. “We want to make consumers aware of resources that are in place to protect them from those who seek to take advantage of them.”

During the forum, attendees will be able to ask questions of the experts and receive real-time responses. The webinar will cover topics like COVID-19 related scams, tax scams, and identity theft, as well as, inform consumers about resources that each agency offers from hotline phone numbers to how to check the reputation of a business. Participants will learn to recognize signs of common scams, empowering them to be better able to avoid falling prey to fraudsters.

Register now to save your seat.

Source: May 3, 2021 - BBB