The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 4, 2013

Annual BBB Scam Jam set for Thursday

For The News Courier

— More than 15 million Americans have their identity stolen each year, with an additional 25.6 million falling victim to fraud. 

Online scams have risen more than 1,000 percent in the last few years.  

In an effort to educate people about the dangers of online fraud and identity theft, the Better Business Bureau, Alabama Senior Medicare Patrol and other North Alabama agencies will sponsor the 15th annual Scam Jam Fraud Summit. The event is scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Central United Methodist Church in Decatur.

The church is located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Jackson Street.

“This annual event is designed to arm residents and businesses with the needed tools to fight fraud by identifying, reporting and protecting themselves from identity theft, scams and con-artists,” said Tricia Pruitt, regional vice president of the Better Business Bureau.

Topics to be covered at the summit include identity theft, telephone, mail and Internet fraud, door to door solicitations, elder justice, business scams, work at home schemes and Medicare fraud and abuse.

The event is free and will include a panel of experts from the state attorney general’s office, state Department of Senior Services, Alabama Securities Commission, Better Business Bureau, Redstone Federal Credit Union security department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Decatur Police Department, Hartselle Police Department and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. 

For more information, contact the BBB at 256-355-2226 or email Tricia Pruitt at