Chamber offers free anti-scam session

Kevin Jeffries

The best defense against being scammed out of your hard-earned money is knowing the signs.

A presentation, “Six Signs It’s a Scam –– Identity Theft Protection,” will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Tomas Conference Room, 309 South River St., Enterprise.

The session is sponsored by Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and will be presented by Kevin Jeffries who is consumer liaison with the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

“The chamber has worked diligently to bring Kevin to Wallowa County,” said executive director Vicki Searles. “His message of fraud impacts on not only businesses but also private residents. He says we are in a peak of scams in Oregon.”

Jeffries will teach those attending how to spot a scam, how to keep personal information safe and how to protect customers from fraud.

“Through real world examples, you’ll come away from this event armed with power and knowledge to avoid being a victim and help build a stronger more financially resilient community,” Jeffries said.

As the Division of Financial Regulation’s Consumer Liaison, Kevin’s primary role is to provide education and outreach services to consumers. He also represents consumers to the Division’s Senior Policy Team.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Oregon University in McMinnville.

The seminar is offered admission-free; however, those planning to attend need to register. Call the chamber at 541-426-4622. Class size is limited.

Telephone scammers try to trick you out of money or get access to your personal information. Scams may come through phone calls from real people, robocalls, or text messages.

• Register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. You may register online or by calling 1-888-382-1222. If you still receive telemarketing calls after registering, there’s a good chance that the calls are scams.

• Be wary of callers claiming that you’ve won a prize or vacation package.

• Hang up on suspicious phone calls.

• Be cautious of caller ID. Scammers can change the phone number that shows up on your caller ID screen. This is called “spoofing.”

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