LOUISVILLE — Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined AARP Kentucky to discuss scams targeting senior citizens and their families.
The event, part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, is a proactive measure to protect Kentucky families from identity theft and fraud, and to announce upcoming prevention events in Louisville.
“By working with our partners like AARP Kentucky, we can continue to educate Kentuckians in our fight against scams,” Beshear said. “Today’s tele-town hall was an excellent chance to talk directly with seniors about scam safeguards.”
AARP Kentucky has 25,000 members in Jefferson County.
“Sadly, identity theft and other forms of fraud pose a serious threat in Kentucky,” said Tihisha Rawlins, associate state director of grassroots initiatives for AARP Kentucky. “Fraud and scams cause billions of dollars in losses every year, and AARP is mounting our local campaign to fight fraud by giving Kentuckians valuable information to fight back and keep con artists at bay.”
One of Beshear’s top priorities is to protect Kentucky consumers, especially seniors from scams, abuse and exploitation. Over the last several weeks, Beshear has talked with seniors in Radcliff, Owensboro, Pikeville, Winchester, Richmond, Morehead, Madisonville and Hazard on how to protect themselves from scams.
To help Kentuckians stay up to date on new and trending scams, Beshear has launched Scam Alerts – a communication service that alerts Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack. To sign up for Scam Alerts, text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311). Or, enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alert.
Rawlins told callers of an upcoming event in Louisville aimed at protecting them. The event is called Scam Jam and will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at the St. Matthews Community Center in Louisville. The center is located at 310 Ten Pin Lane. Anyone interested in registering for the event may call 877-926-8300.