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Lewiston Senior Scam Jam Conference
April 03, 2014 - April 03, 2014   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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LEWISTON SENIOR SCAM JAM CONFERENCE

The following press release was issued by the Idaho Department of Finance on March 24, 2014

BOISE - The Idaho Department of Finance is proud to cosponsor the 2014 Senior Scam Jam Conference in Lewiston at the Williams Conference Center at Lewis-Clark State College 500 8th Avenue on Thursday April 3, 2014.  The popular conference will have speakers whose topics range from Investment Fraud to Medicare Fraud.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and the conference kicks off at 9 a.m. with Master of Ceremonies Ray Rosch, Executive Director of Interlink Volunteers, as well as opening remarks by dignitaries including Lewiston Police Chief Steven Orr.  At lunch a keynote address will be presented by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.  William “Bill” Deal, Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance will discuss the Affordable Care Act in a general session.  The conference runs until 3:30 p.m., when there will be “A Call To Action” by AARP Volunteer President Thomas Trail and a drawing for door prizes conducted by Paul Roy.  The conference includes a complimentary lunch and refreshments.

Those interested in attending may register through AARP by March 31st by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300 or online athttp://aarp.cvent.com/ID_ScamJamLewiston.  A brochure that outlines the event schedule and speaker topics for the conference is available here and on the department’s website under “News and Announcements” at http://finance.idaho.gov

The sponsors and supporters that have joined together to offer this free Senior Scam Jam Conference include the Idaho Department of Finance, the Idaho Commission On AgingBetter Business Bureau, the Idaho Department of Insurance,Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)AARP, the Lewiston-Clarkston Sunrise Rotary Club, Lewis Clark Recyclers, Inc., Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA), Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (Boise), Idaho Crime Prevention Association, the Idaho Bankers Association, the Idaho Credit Union League, Area Agency on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP), Big Country KBZG 97.7, and The Lewiston Tribune

The Senior Scam Jam will address, in part, topics that include Medicare fraud, Caregiver Scams, the Affordable Care Act as well as scams and tips on how to avoid being a victim of identity theft.  Seniors will also learn how to recognize and avoid exploitation that can jeopardize their financial future.  Department of Finance Securities Analyst Kurt Merritt will offer a presentation entitled Investment Fraud: Protecting Your Nest Egg during a breakout session.  The department will also have a booth where attendees can receive free educational information on investment and consumer fraud.

In addition to the Department of Finance’s participation, experts from around the state of Idaho will be presenting information and tips on how to avoid scams and abuse that target senior citizens.  Speakers include representatives from the Idaho Crime Prevention Association, the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, Better Business Bureau, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Senior Medicare PatrolJustice Alliance for Vulnerable AdultsColumbia BankColdwell Banker Tomlinson Associates and the Lewiston Police Department.

Lewis Clark Recyclers, Inc. will have a large shredding truck at the conference site and shredding will be provided free of charge from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Attendees are encouraged to bring personal financial documents for shredding, such as cancelled checks, credit card solicitations, bank statements and other documents containing personal and financial information up to 20 pounds per person.

Three other Senior Scam Jams will be held in 2014 around the state of Idaho.  These locations include Rupert, Ketchum and Weiser.

Consumers can obtain information about financial firms, professionals or products, as well as view more Department press releases and other information on the Internet at http://finance.idaho.gov or by contacting the Department at (208) 332-8000 or Idaho toll-free at 1-888-346-3378.