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BBB to host Scam Jam fraud summit

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

North Alabama residents are invited to ask the experts about fraud. Officials with the Better Business Bureau are holding a "Scam Jam" fraud summit at the Marriott Hotel in Huntsville Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Those in attendance can learn about different scams and how not to be a victim.

"We know that fraud is not going away," said Michele Mason with the BBB. "It grows by leaps and bounds and the best protection is for someone to have education and awareness of the red flags."

The summit will include a panel format with guest speakers from the Alabama Securities Commission, Alabama Attorney General's Office, Better Business Bureau, TARCOG's SHIP and Senior Medicare Patrol programs, as well as representatives from Huntsville Police Department, Madison Police Department and the Madison County Sheriff's Department. 

"If we can bring those tools to our local community then we can help people protect themselves," said Mason. "On a daily basis people still call us about sweepstakes offers, bogus checks things of that nature." 

Mason said the scammers are finding more advanced and clever ways to rob you of your money.  

"Things like a Green Dot MoneyPak, those are the new technologies we want to make sure we talk about so that people know what they are and if someone asks them to use it that's a red flag," she said.  "We are seeing scams pop up by telephone even though it went to the Internet and email, it's back on the phone. People are hiding their numbers so you can't trust the Calller ID information that you see."

The summit will have a question and answer session so you can hear straight from the experts on how to make sure your private information stays that way. 

For more information, you can visit the summit's web page (http://bit.ly/1cjirES).

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