Retired teachers get the scoop on scams

AG’s office rep gives a heads up on fraudsters

By Anne Trevathan CCRTA Reporter

Crittenden County Retired Teachers Association members were much more informed about scams and frauds after they attended their Nov. 12 meeting. Chris Campbell, Investigator and Public Protection Representative of the State of Arkansas’ Attorney General’s Office, presented the program for the group of 30 retirees in attendance. Campbell stated that seniors are especially vulnerable, when it comes to money scams, and he strives to keep them informed, so they will not become victims to the many scammers that seem to be everywhere. Campbell shared many tips including it is best not to wire money. If you do have to wire money, he said to be absolutely sure you know to whom the money is being sent. Once cash is wired, it is gone. Another tip is to call the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General’s Office to check on an individual or a business, before you do business with someone. Campbell reminded the group, also, to always read something, including the fine print, before signing it. With the holidays in sight, Campbell said scammers are busier than usual. He cautioned the CCRTA members to beware of lottery scams; grandson/daughter is in jail scam; shopper scam; mystery shopper scam; credit card repair scam; and pay in advance scam. “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam,” said Campbell. Finally, the investigator cautioned the retirees to never give out their pin number or social security number over the phone; to periodically check their account at the bank for fraudulent charges; and not to leave their wallet or purse in the car seat or the trunk of the car. Campbell closed by cautioning the members to be safe and alert and by telling them they can check their credit rating status for free once a year at http://www.annual;creditreport.com. He also entertained numerous questions from the members. Continuing with the meeting agenda, President John Heath reported on the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association Area III meeting held Oct. 26 in Jonesboro. It was determined that the Area III Spring Conference will be held in Wynne on May 5 at the First United Methodist Church. Details will be announced later. Other business included the announcement of the CCRTA Dec. 10 Christmas luncheon at 11 a.m. at the Cedars in Marion. Entertainment will be by former Marion School music teacher, Mary Lee Hudson Gilliland. Cost is $15 per person, and reservations must be made by Dec. 4. Checks may be sent to Charlotte Wicks, P. O. Box 1513, West Memphis, AR 72303. Donations for the Christmas project will be taken at the luncheon. CCRTA will not meet in January. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Marion School District Administration Office in Marion.

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