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PERI helping retirees learn about scams

New IdentityTheft Scam

GREENVILLE – Does anyone remember the days when a telephone call was not a scam and your grandchild asking for money was really your grandchild?  This scam and hundreds of others are invading our lives every day to the point where we are afraid to answer our telephones for fear of someone wanting to steal our money is at the other end.  How can anyone know if the cop asking for a donation to the police force is really a cop or if the person raising funds to cure cancer or some other disease is actually giving the money collected to a worthy organization instead of filling his or her own pockets?

On Monday, Oct. 1, Katie Harper, Outreach Coordinator of the Consumer Protection Office of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Darke County Chapter of Public Employee Retirees Inc. (PERI).  Dedicated to protecting and preserving the pensions and benefits of anyone who is already retired or is about to retire under OPERS, which is Ohio’s Public Employees Retirement System, PERI welcomes Harper, who is equally dedicated to protecting Senior Citizens from scams and identity theft.

Harper will be speaking not only on the common ways that senior citizens are scammed but also on the surprising, believable and less known ways that are used to fool even the most wary of seniors.  In addition to informing how to recognize these scams, she will also address how seniors can recognize and protect themselves from identity theft, which is also prevalent.

To hear Harper speak, all Darke County PERI members and OPERS retirees are welcome to attend PERI’s bimonthly luncheon meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville.  The luncheon meeting, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is $9 per person, payable at the door.  For OPERS retirees who do not belong to PERI or who have not previously attended PERI meetings, reservations for the October meeting must be in on or before Monday, Sept. 24 by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman at 937-548-3961.  Current members will be contacted by the PERI calling committee.

Source: on 2018-09-06 05:00:00

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