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Senior Scam Jam Events

"Scam artists aren't smarter than you. They're just more experienced."
 
The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has partnered with Kentucky AARP, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Better Business Bureau and others to present a series of Senior Scam Jam events across Kentucky. These free, public workshops educate consumers about current scams and how to protect themselves against investment fraud.
 
The series of events includes presentations in regional areas across Kentucky.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
Bowling Green, April 30, 2015
WKU Knicely Conference Center
2355 Nashville Road
Bowling Green, KY 42104
Register now for the FREE Senior Scam Jam event in Bowling Green on April 30. This anti-fraud awareness event includes lunch and door prizes for the first 150 to register. Call 800-223-2579 or use this online registration form.
 
Details Coming Soon!
Prestonsburg 2015
Hopkinsville 2015

 
 
  
Here is a summary of tips that are presented at these seminars. Selected presentations are available at the bottom of this page. See the Quick Links at right for contact information for you to get help or report suspected fraud.
 
What to Watch Out For 
 
Common “Red Flags” of Financial Fraud:
  • Special guarantees (in investing or sweepstakes)
  • Promises of no risk with high rewards/returns
  • Offers for a “limited time” only
  • Offers for YOU only
  • Pressure by the salesperson to give an immediate response
  • Requirements for an advance payment or “cash only” accepted
  • Promises to get you the paperwork “later”
  • The company representative cannot be reached if you have a question
  • The offer sounds too good to be true
Steps to take to avoid falling victim:
  • Take your time
  • Do your homework before signing any contract (lending, investing or otherwise)
  • Read the fine print
  • Check out the source
  • Be skeptical of unsolicited calls
  • Have a plan to get off of the phone
  • Have a “buddy” – someone to help get you out of a situation where you feel pressured
  • Don’t trust testimonials
What to do if you’re a victim:
  • Don’t be embarrassed. You are not the only victim.
  • Immediately report it to the proper authorities.
  • Let your family and friends know what happened. By talking with others you may save someone else from becoming a victim.
Savvy Senior Publication
 

The Savvy Senior publication summarizes information presented at the events. Download a copy to find out how to recognize fraud and avoid becoming a victim.

 
"Buyer Beware" Video
 

DFI and AARP have produced a video summarizing the information presented at the Senior Scam Jam events. Copies of the video are made available to groups of 25 or more. Video clips of "Buyer Beware: Avoiding Financial Scams" can be viewed on DFI's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/kydfi.

Additional Information 
 
AARP research shows that baby boomers and older investors – because they have the money to invest – are natural targets for a wide range of unscrupulous practices. The investment might be an outright fraud, or it might be a completely legitimate product that is unsuitable for the investor's circumstances. The investor could be subjected to aggressive marketing ploys that conceal the risk, or the pitch is for guaranteed high returns.
 
Before investing, investors should check with their state securities regulator to verify if the investment opportunity is registered and if the seller is licensed. In Kentucky, visit DFI's Investment Help Web page or call 800-223-2579.
 
The techniques scam artists use to sell inappropriate investments are typical of many types of financial fraud. That’s why our partners include the Attorney General’s Office, the Better Business Bureau, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and others to help provide information on avoiding fraud and protecting yourself and your finances.
 
Senior Scam Jam Background 

The current Senior Scam Jam events grew out of the Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing™ – a national educational and awareness campaign to protect Americans against investment fraud. The national campaign was formed by the AARP Foundation and the Investor Protection Trust (IPT). Kentucky participated in the campaign from 2007-2009. A grant from IPT and the AARP Foundation funded six free, public events called “Senior Scam Jams” that informed more than 600 citizens around Kentucky about how to protect against fraud. It also funded production and distribution of the informational video, "Buyer Beware: Avoiding Financial Scams." A second series of grant-funded Senior Scam Jam events included seven city visits during 2010-1012 that informed more than 630 citizens.
 
Events that are not grant funded continue in 2013 and beyond. Senior Scam Jam events have been presented at the following locations:
 
Maysville, June 19, 2014
Hardinsburg, Nov. 14, 2013
Bardstown, Oct. 24, 2013
Campbellsville, July, 25, 2013
Owensboro, Oct. 18, 2012
Frankfort, Sept. 5, 2012
Somerset, May 31, 2012
Elizabethtown, Sept. 19, 2011
Richmond, May 19, 2011
Ashland, April 21, 2011
Pikeville, Oct. 28, 2010
Paducah, Nov. 18, 2008
Bowling Green, June 18, 2008
Murray, May 28, 2008
Lexington, April 23, 2008
Erlanger, March 18, 2008
Louisville, Sept. 12, 2007
Map of Kentucky

 

 Event Presentations

 
  
  
  
  
Investment Fraud.pdfInvestment FraudKentucky Department of Financial Institutions1044 KB
Stopping Cybercrime - Tips for Consumers.pdfStopping Cybercrime - Tips for ConsumersDFI173 KB
Mail Fraud.pdfMail FraudU.S. Postal Inspection Service1757 KB
Insurance Fraud.pdfInsurance FraudKentucky Department of Insurance1074 KB
Borrower Beware - Avoiding Bad Loans.pdfBorrower Beware - Avoiding Bad LoansKentucky Department of Financial Institutions387 KB
Identity Theft.pdfIdentity TheftKentucky Attorney General's Office181 KB
Home Improvement Fraud - IPD.pdfHome Improvement Fraud - IPDIndependence Police Department2176 KB
Home Improvement Fraud - MPD.pdfHome Improvement Fraud - MPDMurray Police Department539 KB