“Please call us immediately. Your credit card has been compromised…” Many of us receive calls like this on a daily basis. Or someone will email you stating their woes and ask you to send them money. Most of us realize that these are scams and an attempt to steal your personal information. However, not everyone does. On Tuesday, August 27, the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public Library will host Lori Farris from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection as she presents the free presentation “Fraud & Identity Theft Lunch and Learn.” Lunch is included with a free registration. The event takes place 11:30 AM – 1 PM.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky offers tips about what to know and do about scams:
- Hang up: If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think they might be telling the truth, ask for a number you can call to verify.
- Do not pay in advance: Scammers often offer prizes or threaten to take action against you if you don’t pay a fee or provide personal information. Legitimate businesses and government agencies will not threaten you for upfront payments.
- Do not wire money or send reloadable credit/gift cards to people that you don’t know.
- Slow down. Before issuing a payment or provide personal information, verify the business by researching it online – verify the website, contact information, customer reviews and company policies.
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Lori Farris from the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Senior Protection will discuss how scammers use tactics mentioned above to steal your information. She will share valuable tips on how to identify a scam, tips on preventing a scam and recovery tips.
Register for the Fraud & Identity Theft Lunch and Learn is sponsored by COVE Federal Credit Union. Learn more about this event and more by going to www.kentonlibrary.org/events or calling (859) 962-4002. The Erlanger Branch is located at 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018.