Update: Scam Jam provides information Sept. 17 on avoiding consumer fraud

Update: There is room for more attendees but because participants are provided a free lunch, pre-registration is required.

Register online at www.aarp.org/wa or call toll-free 1-877-926-8300.

Press release:

Consumers lose billions of dollars every year to consumer fraud. According to AARP, people over 50 are especially vulnerable and account for more than half of all victims.

That’s why AARP is partnering with the area’s leading consumer advocates and experts to present “Scam Jam,” a free consumer information event on Monday, September 17 from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien.

Whether it’s bogus investment deals, the Grandparent Scam, insurance and Medicare fraud, or the newest ID Theft ploy - sophisticated con-artists are busy at work coming up with new ways to get you to hand over your hard-earned money.

More than 300 local seniors are pre-registered to join us to learn about the latest scams and schemes and how they can join in the fight against fraud.

Topics will include Health Care Scams, Mortgage and Lending Scams, ID Theft and Insurance Scams.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkin will present a section on “Skimming & Internet Fraud,” and AARP State Director Doug Shadel will present “Confessions of a Con-Artist,” an inside look at how scam artists prey upon consumers.

We’ll also be joined by Jesse Jones, Consumer Advocate with KING-5 TV, and Connie Thompson, Consumer Problem Solver with KOMO-4 TV.

We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed.