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Past Events

Mass Marketing Fraud

April 30, 2015 1:00 PM - April 30, 2015 2:00 PM

Nearly all of the Top Ten Scams of 2014 as published by the National Consumers League involved mass marketing fraud, which is the use of false promises of cash prizes, goods and services in exchange for fees, donations, or purchases. This crime is committee through the mail, telephone, email or any other form of mass communication. In fact, the top 3 scams, which constituted nearly 70% of all the scams involved: (1) goods that were never delivered or were misrepresented; (2) requests for payment to claim fictitious prizes, lottery winning or gifts; and (3) fake check scams.

Clayton Gerber and Kate Lawrence from the US Postal Inspector Office and Lara Hinz, Director of Programs of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, will present on how these scams perpetrated and why certain populations are especially targeted. Additionally, the experts will share prevention and early detection tactics as well as resources to help advocates navigate this challenging problem.

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