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Get Smart On Scams Helps Prevent Fraud

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Consumer fraud poses a real threat for residents of North Dakota, but there are ways that you can protect yourself and your identity from such scams.

AARP came together with the Better Business Bureau as well as the state Attorney General's office today in Minot to put on a Get Smart on Scams luncheon.

Members from each group spoke on the different types of telephone, online, mail and front door scams, and how people can protect themselves and their money.

"You would never let a stranger in to your home, so don't use the telephone to allow a stranger to enter your home," says Judy Austad, an investigator for the Consumer Protection Division. "Don't give them personal information if you don't know who they are. Hang up on them. We don't have to be polite all the time when someone is invading our privacy."

"If you get a phone call that you have not initiated, if someone calls you, be very, very discreet about giving any information out. I mean, just don't," says AARP of North Dakota director Janis Cheney.

You can find out more information about how to protect yourself from scams on AARP's fraud network website at

Meanwhile, AARP will be hosting two more lunch and learn sessions in North Dakota, March 26 in Fargo, and the following day in Grand Forks.

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