Scam Jam and Shredding Event Helps Residents Learn How to Protect Themselves from Scammers

Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to con artists who use a variety of scams and fraud schemes to steal their identities, according to the AARP. In an effort to help protect residents, the Prince William Area Agency on Aging is teaming up with AARP Virginia to bring top experts and law enforcement officials together to present an informational Scam Jam and Shredfest on Saturday, Oct. 26. The free event will be held at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, experts and exhibitors will discuss fake solicitor schemes, bogus investment deals, lottery scams, email fraud, a grandparent ruse and the latest identity theft shams targeting Virginians.

Amber Sultane, AARP’s associate state director for community outreach, said the event is going to “very valuable” to people who attend. “People will learn about the current scams and frauds that are targeting people.”

Keynote speaker Susan Hogan, a consumer reporter for News4, will speak at 9:15 a.m. People will also have the opportunity to shred their documents in a shred truck that will be onsite between 8 a.m. and noon, or until the truck fills up.

Sultane said shredding is important to keep identities safe from thieves. “If you just toss a credit card application in the trash, someone can take it, apply for it and steal your identity. That’s just one example. Anything that has personal information on it, you want to shred it.”

Additionally, representatives from the Virginia Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Program will be at the event to return stocks, bonds, utility deposits, dividends, insurance proceeds and more to the rightful owners.

Sultane said retrieving any money that’s owed is a simple process. “They look up your information and they’ll tell you what, if anything, is owed to you, and then they give you a form, you mail it in and get a check in the mail.”

Complimentary snacks will be served along with lunch. Registration is required. RSVP online at aarp.cvent.com/Oct26, or call 877-926-8300.

More information about the Area Agency on Aging and programs they offer is available at pwcgov.org/aging.