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Scamboree held to educate seniors

by Jackie Dover

         On Thursday March 17 seniors from the area gathered at the Cape Girardeau Conservation and Nature Center for Scamboree 2017. This event provided seniors information on current scams in the area and ways to protect themselves and report any potential scams. Detective Orrin Hawkins with the Cape Girardeau Police Department spoke on how his department investigates identity theft and ways to protect yourself. Learning the process of what our local police departments go through to investigate scams was a favorite of many seniors. Todd Hurtt from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office provided information on securities and investment scams. Seniors learned what to look out for and that verifying information is common and expected. Bank of Missouri’s Regional Retail Banking Officer Jennie Buck provided information on what banks do to protect customers from various types of theft and scams. Finally Brian Henning from the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) gave information on how to prevent, detect and report healthcare fraud errors and abuse. The event was a great success and we look forward to Scamboree 2018!

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