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May 15, 2014

Conference set June 10 to teach seniors to fight fraud

Senior fraud has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in the country.

But the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Medicare Assistance Program (MAP) will hold a conference in Muskogee to help seniors avoid getting swindled.

“These conferences are a great opportunity for seniors to learn how to protect themselves from fraud,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “We want to empower seniors to avoid frauds and scams by knowing what to look for and how to fight back.”

While speaking to seniors across the state, anti-fraud experts will address Medicare fraud, home repair scams, identity theft, credit card fraud and more.

“While it’s human nature to assume the best about people, we have bad actors out there targeting seniors,” Doak said. “They’re taking advantage of the confusion over Obamacare, preying on older tornado victims and scamming good, honest people out of their hard-earned money. But, thankfully, we are on to their schemes and know how to give seniors the upper hand.”

The conference is free for senior adults and includes breakfast.

The conference is June 10 at the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St. in Room D. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is at 8 a.m., and the conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The events are funded, in part, by the Administration on Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol grant.

Seniors may register by calling (800) 763-2828.

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