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Learn about fraud, scams at upcoming seminar

Holly Viers • Oct 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — As more and more vulnerable adults fall victim to fraud and scams, one local organization is taking steps to educate the public.

South Central Kingsport Community Development is hosting its first ever fraud and scams seminar later this week. Though the event is geared toward seniors, anyone is welcome to attend.

A growing need

The number of cases of financial exploitation in Tennessee has grown by more than 30 percent over the last two years, according to the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

The department’s Adult Protective Services division received more than 4,000 complaints of financial exploitation in fiscal year 2017-2018. That’s more than the year prior and an increase of 33 percent from state fiscal year 2015-2016, according to a press release.

Event details

The free seminar will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 712 E. Sevier Ave. Kenneth Calvert of South Central Kingsport said the seminar will address credit card fraud, phone scams, Internet fraud and other related topics.

Speakers

Three speakers will lead the seminar, including Steve Jones, a retired juvenile court judge. Jones will be joined by Don Kieffer, vice president and branch manager at Regions Bank, and representatives from the Kingsport Police Department.

Why it’s important

“It is an ongoing problem,” Calvert said. “Nearly everyone, just about, gets a phone scam nearly every day, and so we’re definitely trying to address the need on how citizens can protect themselves from being a victim of fraud or scams.”

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