Area Seniors Attend ID Theft Seminar

Representative Steve Andersson recently held an Identity Theft Seminar at the Huntley Public Library. The event was targeted towards senior citizens, who are often victim to consumer fraud scams and identity theft.

The event had a great turnout, and Andersson welcomed the group and invited them to reach out to him with any questions or concerns about theft and fraud. “The best thing we can do is to be proactive. I want to work to help educate and inform you, and put you in the best position to not be a victim of fraud and identity theft. With the help from the Attorney General’s office and our local police forces, we have the tools and knowledge to arm you with the best information to prevent scams and fraud from hurting you and your loved ones.”

Andersson’s event featured an expert from the Attorney General’s office, Skip Gonsoulin, who spoke in detail about how seniors can proactively protect themselves from fraud and scams, and also discussed the resources available should they fall victim to consumer fraud or identity theft. He noted that the number one scam across the country involves sweepstakes and lotteries. Other top consumer fraud issues involve car sales and auto repair shops. Should you ever have a question or need any assistance, it is important to know you can always reach out to the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-964-3013.

Officer Tim Heagney from the Huntley Police Department spoke about local scams happening in the community, to let our residents know of current fraud attempts happening in our neighborhoods. The most frequent complaint has been from people receiving phone calls from people claiming to be the IRS.

The event was extremely informative, and provided great information about how to best protect yourself. The overall advice stressed at the seminar was to protect your information: you are the first line of defense, so be extremely careful when giving away information unique to you.

If you were unable to attend Representative Andersson’s seminar, there is another opportunity to learn more about identity theft and fraud at another upcoming event with Representative Keith Wheeler next week: September 28th, 2015. To RSVP for this event, please call (630) 345-3464, and visit www.repkeithwheeler.com for more information!