Conference Aims to Educate Seniors About Scams Online and Over the Phone

DULUTH, Minn. —

They’re more dangerous than telemarketers or spam email; they’re scam artists out to steal our identities or our private information.

And they’re the topic of an educational conference at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth earlier this morning.

The “Scam Jam” is put on by the Better Business Bureau and AARP Minnesota.

It’s a free event aimed at educating seniors and caregivers about the dangers and risks from being scammed online or over the phone.

They say it’s easier than you think to become a victim.

“Those people are smart.  They’re educated.  They’re savvy,” says Susan Adams Loyd from the Better Business Bureau, serving Minnesota and North Dakota.  “They know how to pull people into scams that otherwise would be undetected. Even those that perhaps know about scams can easily be seduced into giving away valuable information that can impact people for a long time.”

Some of the most common words of advice here – never ever give your personal information or banking information over the phone.

And if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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