Ruebbelke was introducing the group to Silver Beat, a program
instituted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to educate seniors on
scam artists and other financial predators who seek out seniors.
Far too often, scam artists perceive senior citizens as vulnerable
and relatively wealthy due to their ability to access retirement
accounts and pensions. As a result, seniors are the targets of a
wide range of scams, exploitation and fraud.
Silver Beat is an educational training program to ensure that
seniors have the knowledge and tools they need to better protect
themselves from con artists and deceptive business practices.
In partnership with AgeOptions, the attorney general's office
trains a corps of older adults to recognize and avoid scams and,
once armed with this knowledge, to educate other seniors.
Active participants in the Silver Beat program assist their
communities by disseminating information and educating their peers
on how to protect themselves from fraud.
During her presentation, Ruebbelke explained various scams and
cautions that seniors should be aware of. They included:
exploitation and scams, including information about debt
settlement traps and how to avoid fake check-cashing scams.
mortgages" and if they are really right for you.
Medicare Patrol project, known as SMP, and health care fraud.
Your rights under
the new credit card rules.
How you can protect yourself, your
friends and family from scam artists and fraudulent businesses.
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Ruebbelke also stressed to never give out personal information
over the phone, unless you have initiated the call and you know with
whom you are speaking.
The seniors all received a booklet with more pertinent
information as well as phone numbers to call for assistance.
Lincoln police officer Tim Butterfield also spoke to the seniors
and talked about getting the Neighborhood Watch back in place.
Butterfield, who is also the department's senior issues officer,
said he appreciates concerned citizens looking out for each other,
and he also wants to know when people believe they are witnessing
[Text from files received; LDN]