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Oklahoma agency working to protect seniors from fraud, scams

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma agency is working to protect seniors across the state from fraud.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Medicare Assistance Program is hosting a series of free ‘Senior Fraud Conferences’ in nines cities.

“Crooks target seniors because they think they’re an easy target,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “The scams have gotten more sophisticated, with crooks using social media and the Internet to find out where you live, where you work and who you’re related to. Once they have that information, it’s easier for them to steal your money. Our Senior Fraud Conferences will teach Oklahomans how to spot the red flags and avoid being a victim.”

Experts will be speaking about fraudulent schemes related to Medicare, home repair, telemarketing, identity theft, banking, prepaid funerals, current scams and other topics.

Each conference is free for seniors and includes breakfast.

However, participants are encouraged to register online or by calling 1-800-763-2828.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast is served at 8 a.m.

‘Senior Fraud Conferences’ will be held in the following locations.

  • May 28 – Enid: Enid Convention Hall, 301 S. Independence.
  • June 2 – Oklahoma City: Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/ Medical Center, 741 N. Phillips Ave.
  • June 10 – Tulsa: Schusterman Learning Center, 4502 E. 41st St.
  • June 16 – Weatherford: The Conference Center at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1121 N. 7th St.
  • June 25 – McAlester: Eastern Oklahoma State College, 1802 E. College Ave.
  • July 8- Bartlesville: Bartlesville Community Center, 300 SE Adams Blvd.
  • July 14- Lawton: Cameron University, 501 SW University Dr.
  • July 16- Norman: Embassy Suites Norman, 2501 Conference Dr.
  • July 22- Poteau: Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 501 S. Broadway.

The presentations will start at 8:30 a.m. and should last until 12:15 p.m.

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