'Scams Against Seniors' brunch and learn held in Phenix City

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A group of senior citizens in the Chattahoochee Valley are a little more aware of how not to become a victim of a scam.

Local organizations along with the Better Business Bureau hosted a brunch and learn for seniors at the Central Activity Center in Phenix City Wednesday. The topic of the event was 'Scams Against Seniors.'

"Our program today is with the Better Business Bureau regarding scams against seniors.  This happens every single day. I had it happen to me three times within an hour.  I decided that it's time for us to learn more about protecting ourselves," said Pat Harrell, a volunteer with the Phenix City Activity Center.

Kelvin Collins, the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia, went over some of the following tips:

  • Register your phone number with the National Do-Not-Call registry at 1-888-382-1222 or donotcall.gov.
  • Don’t do business with someone who just shows up at your door
  • Don’t give personal or financial information to an unknown caller, and don’t provide such information for unsolicited email/internet messages
  • Check with the BBB before dealing with any company or charity that you are not familiar with, and also check with family members, neighbors or friends
  • If you need to hire a contractor or repairman, ask the BBB for a list of accredited businesses and make sure the contractor is properly licensed
  • Don’t yield to high-pressure or emotional sales tactics and read contracts thoroughly and seek advice from a relative or other advisor if you don’t understand them.
  • Never pay money to win a prize or to enter sweepstakes, even if you are sent a check and told to make the payment from that check

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