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Event Also Recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Each year North Carolina recognizes Elder Abuse Awareness Month from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Increasing awareness of one of the most vulnerable populations is now more important than ever. The Adult Services Division of Chatham County Social Services Services, Cooperative Extension and the Council on Aging and NC Cooperative Extension jointly host a free event on the dangers of scams to bring awareness of elder abuse to you and your loved ones.
The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 30, 9:30 AM to Noon at the Council on Aging;-Western Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road in Siler City. [MAP]
The program will include such topics scams and fraudulent schemes through the internet, sweepstakes, lotteries, home repairs, phone and telemarketing scams, reverse mortgages and Medicare fraud. Presenters include Hugh Harris with NC Department of Justice, Stephanie Bias with NC Department of Insurance, and the Chatham County Council on Aging.
The following was issued by the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department. Subject: Smoke Alarm “Possible Scam”
On the morning of March 08, 2019, the North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department received a telephone call asking if anyone from the fire department had been campaigning door to door asking to check smoke alarms. The call was from an elderly woman’s daughter that lives here in the North Chatham fire district. The fire department informed the daughter that they install smoke alarms by referral and that they call to schedule a time to go out and assist homeowners with smoke alarm issues. They also told the daughter that the department had not participated in any door-to-door smoke alarm campaign. The daughter then stated that she was afraid that someone was casing her mother’s home and that she’d already reached out to the local Sheriff’s Office.
The North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department would like to make everyone aware of this possible scam and in hopes that someone is not trying to gain access to anyone’s home disguised as a Firefighter.
If you encounter this type of issue, please contact the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department at 919-542-2811.
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In this consumer protection video, North Carolinians describe their experiences and give tips on how to avoid getting scammed. Timelines — 02:33 Telemarketing & Sweepstakes Scams, 06:19 Health Care Scams, 10:23 Annuity & Investment Scams, 14:08 Home Construction & Repair Scams, and 19:33 New Scams.