The Library Friends of Payson host Betty Delano from the Arizona attorney general’s office Monday, Sept. 17. She will present a program on consumer scams and identity theft.
Arizona ranked No. 9 in the nation for identity theft in 2014 — with 96 identity theft complaints for every 100,000 people, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
An article in the Payson Roundup stated that recently three people in northern Gila County have fallen for a telephone scam from individuals claiming to represent the IRS; thousands of dollars have been lost by senior citizens.
One of the missions of the attorney general’s office is to protect the public from consumer fraud, which is defined as, “any deception, unfair art or practice, false statement, false pretense, false promise or misrepresentation by a seller or advertiser of merchandise.”
Each person attending this presentation will receive a “Senior Tool Kit.” Since older adults are targeted by financial predators, this kit was developed to give them the information they need to identify and avoid scams.
The Library Friends of Payson presentation for the community, which is held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m.; the program begins at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free one-hour program. If you have any questions, please call the library at 928-474-9260. Library Friends of Payson, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, supports the library with programs and materials.