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Rutledge, AARP Conduct Fraud Prevention Tele-Town Hall


April 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and AARP Arkansas today announced that a Tuesday-evening fraud prevention tele-town hall was conducted with Arkansans from across the State. Maria Reynolds-Diaz, AARP Arkansas State Director, hosted the call. Rutledge and AARP fraud expert Rosa Maymi, who spoke about AARP’s Fraud Watch Network, joined her.

“Millions of Americans fall victim to scams each year and, unfortunately, a disproportionately high number of those who are taken advantage of are seniors,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “As Attorney General, it is critical that I raise awareness with Arkansans about con artists and offer tips for how to recognize scams. I was proud to join with AARP’s tele-town hall, which afforded me the ability to speak with a large number of Arkansans about identity theft, bogus IRS calls, fake sweepstakes calls and e-mail scams, just to name a few.”

“We appreciate Attorney General Rutledge joining us and 12,000 Arkansans for our tele-town hall to answer questions and share information on how to spot and avoid scams, con artists and fraud,” said AARP Arkansas State Director Maria Reynolds-Diaz. “Thanks also to the Attorney General’s office for all their hard work to protect consumers from financial predators.”

The call lasted one hour and nearly 12,000 participated.

More information on how to protect yourself and your family from fraud is available from the Attorney General’s website at www.ArkansasAG.gov or the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division hotline number is (800) 482-8982 and the AARP Fraud Watch Network helpline is (877) 908-3360.

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