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May 13, 2014

Program to help seniors fight fraud

NORMAN — Senior fraud has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in the country, but the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Medicare Assistance Program will host a series of conferences to help seniors avoid getting swindled.  

“These conferences are a great opportunity for seniors to learn how to protect themselves from fraud,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “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. ”

Each conference is free for senior adults and includes breakfast. There is a $30 fee for insurance professionals seeking Continuing Education credit. Events are funded by the Administration on Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol grant. Seniors are asked to register online by calling 800-763-2828.

Norman’s conference will be June 12 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 2501 Conference Drive. There will be a conference July 22 at the Tower Hotel (formerly the Marriott), 3233 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.

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