Worried that you’re the victim of identity theft? Are you receiving harassing debt collection calls on your mobile phone? WKYC viewers will be able to talk to experts about consumer issues like these when WKYC and the Federal Trade Commission hosts a phone bank from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.
Representatives from consumer agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Legal Aid and the Better Business Bureau will be on the phones to answer your questions.
The call-in number will be 216-858-6250 or toll-free 877-790-7370.
WKYC will also be streaming it LIVE on the WKYC Facebook page 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. WKYC Consumer Investigative Reporter Danielle Serino and WKYC Digital Producer David “Dino” DeNatale will be interviewing experts at the phone bank about the most common scams.
Topping the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs list of scams are IRS fraud, grandparent scams (where scammers call seniors pretending to be their grandchildren) and computer repair fraud.
The event is organized as part of National Consumer Protection Week.
Phone bank participants include: Sheryl Harris, Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs; Ericka Dilworth, Director of Operations, Better Business Bureau of Greater Cleveland; Ryan Lippe, Consumer Educator, Consumer Protection Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office;
Lucy W. Miller, Senior Management Analyst, Ohio Economic Resilience Officer, Office of Field Policy and Management of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Attorneys from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Ram Mayekar, Division Manager at Apprisen;
Tom Gaumer, volunteer for Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol, ProSeniors; Maria Sosa, J.D. Fair Housing Administration for the City of Cleveland, Department of Community Development; Kevin Andrzejczak, Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Fil DeBanate, attorney, Federal Trade Commission, East Central Region.
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