Last updated: January 11. 2014 8:12PM - 768 Views
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Amanda Moss

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Different scamming techniques are all around, so it’s best to prepare yourself to detect the warning signs.

Connections Family Program is hosting a free workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 30 at First United Methodist Church on 400 E. Washington St. in Rockingham.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss different ways people try to scam money or information out of unsuspecting victims. Lunch is included and it’s open to residents, professionals and educators that live in Richmond, Anson and Moore counties.

The topics that will be covered are scamming of the elderly, identity theft, how to protect personal information, types of scams that are being used and who to call if you have been scammed, said Adrian Standish, family advocate of Connections Family Program, in an email to The Daily Journal.

Carol Young, outreach specialist for the North Carolina Department of Justice, will be the facilitator at the workshop.

“She will talk about warning signs of a scam for people who call or come to the door wanting,” said Brenda David, from Alcohol and Drug Services. “That way people will be able to recognize what’s going on and report the activity.”

The recent lesson of one Ellerbe couple, as reported in Wednesday’s paper, demonstrated that it could happen to anyone. There the couple was contacted by a man who identified himself as David Peterson in New York. Peterson stated that the couple had one the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but needed to buy a $400 scratch card in order to receive the reward. A representative from PCH confirmed that it was a scam.

“We want to make sure the community is aware of not just this type of scam, but of all types,” David said.

David experienced something very similar when someone called to try and get money from her and her husband over the phone.

“They called my husband saying we owed back taxes from when we lived in California,” David said. “They threatened that they were going to arrest my husband unless we paid $200 over the phone. My husband hand the card out almost ready to pay before we realized what was going on.”

Those interested in participating in the workshop must register with Adrian Standish at 910-627-1769, 1-877-211-5995 or connectionsfamilyprogram@yahoo.com.

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