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June 22, 2013

Conference to help seniors avoid fraud

Due to a growing number of reports of fraud targeting Oklahoma’s senior population, Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is holding a series of educational conferences across the state. Those who attend the half-day events will learn how to spot, avoid and fight fraud.

A conference will be held Thursday at Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., with the conference 9-11:45 a.m.

“It is unfortunate to know that no one is safe from fraud and scams, including the senior citizens of our state, but we are determined to put tools in the hands of Oklahomans to help defend against this criminal activity,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “These conferences are extremely important and helpful to seniors because they are taught how to recognize a scam and then shown what to do and who to contact.”

Conference topics include medicare fraud, funeral home trust fraud, contractor fraud, postal fraud and investment fraud. Participants also will attend a “Fraud Fashion Show,” featuring local law enforcement and utility workers in their official uniforms explaining what they do during a legitimate home visit. Each conference is free for senior adults and includes breakfast or lunch. There is a $30 fee for insurance and law enforcement professionals seeking a Continuing Education credit. The events are funded, in part, by the Administration on Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol grant.

To register, go to www.ok.gov/oid/2013_senior_fraud _conference.html, or call (800) 763-2828.

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