'Don't Be Fooled'

Every day, senior Americans are victimized by identity fraud, financial abuse, internet schemes, and age-old scams, such as foreign lotteries, home improvement work and investment schemes promising high returns.

In many instances, victims are often reluctant to report the crimes out of embarrassment or fear they will lose control over their affairs.

The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, in partnership with US Bank of Fayetteville and Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, are once again hosting what will be the 10th anniversary of the highly attended “Don’t Be Fooled” seminar held each year on April Fool’s Day.

Senior adults of Lincoln County are invited to attend this free seminar to learn about the many scams targeting seniors and how to protect themselves from becoming victims. This year’s seminar will focus on the hidden dangers of financial fraud and how to become a better buyer in today’s marketplace.

The 10th Annual Don’t Be Fooled seminar will be held at the Lincoln County Museum on Monday, April 1. The seminar begins at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12 p.m. Attendees are invited to arrive early anytime between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to visit with local businesses from Lincoln County.

Rickey Kimbrough of US Bank and Kari Chunn of the BBB will be the presenting speakers for the seminar’s 10th anniversary. Door prizes and a complimentary lunch will be provided immediately following the seminar. Attendees are invited to participate in an optional tour of the Lincoln County Museum with Dr. Farris Beasley after enjoying their lunch.

Document Destruction will be on site from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. to shred any important documents as a free service to the senior adults attending the seminar. Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and thieves devise new and inventive ways to steal personal information every day. Identity theft can have a devastating emotional impact on individuals and families. Destroying documents is critical to safeguarding personal information and preventing identity theft.

Please call the Chamber of Commerce at 931-433-1234 to RSVP for this year’s “Don’t Be Fooled” seminar by Thursday, March 28.

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