BBB to Host Second Annual Senior Scam Jam

September 21, 2012

(September 21, 2012 - Springfield, Mo.) Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri reminds consumers not to give personal information out over the phone.

BBB has spoken with numerous consumers who have received phone calls from people claiming to be with agencies such as Medicare and they need to verify their banking information for a new card. Do not give out banking information over the phone. For questions relating to insurance, Medicare plans, bank accounts and more, call the companies or agencies directly.

Due to the rise of fraud targeting senior citizens, Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri will host its Second Annual BBB Senior Scam Jam Friday September 28. This free event is designed to educate seniors on how to recognize fraud and scams and how to protect themselves.

Event Details
When:  Friday September 28, 2012
Time:  8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where:  Southside Senior Center
2215 S. Fremont
Springfield, MO
Cost: FREE

During the event, attendees will hear crucial information from a panel of experts which will include the Springfield Police Department, BancorpSouth, and Better Business Bureau. The panel will discuss scams both new and old that target seniors and give them the tools necessary to combat them.

A representative from the City of Springfield will be giving a city proclamation for the event at 10:45 am.

Seniors in attendance will be invited to play bingo at 9 am and 1 pm with the opportunity to win great prizes. Seniors will also be able to browse informational booths from companies offering products and services that can help better protect them from 8 am – 2pm.

Southside Senior Center will offer a fried chicken lunch beginning at 11am costing $3.50 per person.

For questions please call TJ Loudis at Better Business Bureau at 417-380-5078 or email at