Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General Donovan Announces Part II Of A Quarterly Series Of Presentations At Mad River Valley Senior Center

May 10, 2017

CONTACT: Jamie Renner, Assistant Attorney General, Kristin Clouser, Assistant Attorney General,

Attorney General Thomas J Donovan Jr., launched a series of informational programs educating seniors about issues facing Vermont’s elder community. The program includes discussion of the legal concepts of abuse, neglect and identification of resources and legal documents that may be available through the courts to help protect people. On May 11, 2017, the Attorney General’s Office returns to the Mad River Valley Senior Center to discuss scams targeting the elderly.

Vermont Assistant Attorneys General from the Consumer Protection Division and Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) staff will be giving a plain language presentation to help seniors identify scams and know how to respond. The presentation will offer information about common scams and fraud, how to spot a scam, and what to do if you or someone you know is being affected by scams.

Overall, the scams reported to the Vermont Attorney General last year increased by approximately 25%, from 5,896 to 7,364 reported complaints. “Scams are on the rise and we are raising the alarm for Vermonters,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “By proactively reaching out to communities and providing access to information and assistance, we can prevent people from falling victim to scams and exploitation.” Attorney General Donovan stated.

The Attorney General advises Vermonters who may be targets of scamming activity to report it to the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) at 1-800-649-2424 (toll-free in Vermont) or 802-656-3183, or to go to the CAP website for more information on reported scams in Vermont: https://www.uvm.edu/consumer/consumers

The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017 and will take place at the Mad River Valley Senior Center, Evergreen Place, 5308 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673. The program will begin at 12:30pm. The presentation is the second in a series of quarterly sessions providing helpful and practical information on issues affecting Vermonters.

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